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JOHN RUSKIN. Andrew Ballantyne. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2015. Critical Lives. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 252 pp. with 40 ills. 20 x 13 cm. ISBN 9781780234298 In English.
Publisher's description: John Ruskin (1819-1900) was the most prominent art and architecture critic of his time. Yet his reputation has been overshadowed by his personal life, especially his failed marriage to Effie Gray, which has cast him in the history books as little more than a Victorian prude. In this book, Andrew Ballantyne rescues Ruskin from the dustbin of history's trifles to reveal a deeply attuned thinker, one whose copious writings had tremendous influence on all classes of society, from roadmenders to royalty. Ballantyne examines a crucial aspect of Ruskin's thinking: the notion that art and architecture have moral value. Telling the story of Ruskin's childhood and enduring devotion to his parents -- who fostered his career as a writer on art and architecture -- he explores the circumstances that led to Ruskin's greatest works, such as Modern Painters, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, The Stones of Venice, and Unto This Last. He follows Ruskin through his altruistic ventures with the urban poor, to whom he taught drawing, motivated by a profound conviction that art held the key to living a worthwhile life.
Artist(s):Ruskin, John
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1800-1900 — (Auto)Biography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164872
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