山水画的起源可以追溯到15世纪，当时人们意识到需要用图形表现来传播文化意识。那时候，列奥纳多·达·芬奇(Leonardo da Vinci)、弗拉·巴托罗梅奥(Fra Bartolomeo)等风景画出现了。大多数情况下，风景画表现了田园牧歌的思想，这些思想可能来自古典诗歌，而意大利风景画被添加到这些诗歌中，让它看起来更好。来自北欧的艺术家们描绘了关于意大利健康的风景画，并通过这些绘画表现了意大利文化的骄傲。也许，这些年轻的艺术家是许多人体验意大利光线的原因，并把意大利风格的风景卖给所有不能去意大利的人(honor and Fleming, 1982)。
The origin of landscape painting dates back to 15th century when people realized the need for graphical representation to spread the awareness on culture. It was the time when landscape drawings such as Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Bartolomeo existed. Mostly, landscapes demonstrated pastoral ideas that are probably from the classical poetry and Italian landscape is added to those poetries to give it a better look. Artists based out of Northern Europe depicted the landscape paintings about the wellness of Italy and showed the pride of Italian culture through these drawings. Perhaps, these young artists were the reason for many people to experience this Italian light and sell Italianate landscapes to all those who could not visit Italy (Honour and Fleming, 1982).
This implies that these landscape paintings acted as messengers and propagators of Italian cultures to the rest of the world. Paintings also showed the garden landscapes, historical scenes, tradition and mythology. Italy continued to retain its prestigious heritage in 17th century with the presence of Baroque and Mannerism and cultural tourism dominated Italian art work in this period. The landscape achieved perfection in 17th century when nature was well balanced and the classical harmony called for simplicity. They gained importance over a period of time as this remained as the only mode by which historic scenes and other events have been represented (Whyte, 2002). The form of landscape painting extended to several other regions from Italy as they were influenced by the classical antiquity and represented Arcadia (a place known for the calm and serene pastoral beauty in ancient Greece period).