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An example of a moonscape, by Petr Ginz.

A moonscape is an area or vista of the lunar landscape (generally of the Earth's moon), or a visual representation of this, such as in a painting. The term "moonscape" is also sometimes used metaphorically for an area devastated or flattened by war, often by shelling.

Moonscapes have been a popular subject in art and literature since the technology to observe the Moon surfaced, appearing in work such as this sketch [1] drawn by Petr Ginz, currently residing in the Yad Vashem Museum Special Exhibit in Honor of Israeli Astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon.[1]

In literature, the term appears most often over the last century in reference to cities damaged by ballistics, particularly when applied to post-WWII Berlin, as in David L. Robbins' The End of War[2], where he describes the city as a "moonscape of desolation".


  1. ^ Hanukoglu, Prof. Israel. "Moon Landscape drawing by Petr Ginz". Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  2. ^ Robbins, David (2000). The End of War. London: Bantam. p. 91. ISBN 0553581384. a moonscape of desolation