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Ruskin, John. (1819 - 1900).

W o r k

- the most influential art critic of the Victorian era

- mingles a scientific enthusiasm x a semi-religious wonder

- his books are complements to one another: grow from related roots but develop in particular ways

Unto This Last (1860 - 1862):

- a series of essays

- criticises the complacent economic and social laissez-faire

- applies basic Christianity to a mechanized civilization he finds morally and aesthetically repugnant

Modern Painters (1843, 1846, 1856, 1860):

- a series of experimental essays

- places the paintings of William Turner in various contexts

The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849):

- a treatise on the art of building

The Stones of Venice (1851 - 1853):

- interweaves aesthetics and morality

- sees the triumph and decline of Venice as a paradigm for Victorian Britain

Praeterita (1885 - 1889):

- his autobiography

- concerned with his private discovery of nature and art


"You talk of the scythe of Time, and the tooth of Time: I tell you, Time is scytheless and toothless; it is we who gnaw like the worm — we who smite like the scythe. It is ourselves who abolish — ourselves who consume: we are the mildew, and the flame."

From A Joy for Ever (1857).


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  • Author

    John Ruskin. (1819 - 1900). British.
  • Work

    Art critic. Social critic. Essayist and prose writer.
  • Genre

    Victorian prose (non-fiction).


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