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ALL GREAT ART IS PRAISE: ART AND RELIGION IN JOHN RUSKIN. Aidan Nichols. Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C., 2016. 632 pp. with 18 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2016-26417 ISBN 9780813228921 In English.
Publisher's description: After a long period of comparative neglect, starting almost immediately upon his death in 1900, John Ruskin began to attract, from the 1960s onwards, a remarkable degree of critical interest. Although the formidably ample Library Edition of Ruskin's works will always constitute the primary basis for interpretation, there is also newly available source material, in the form of letters and (in part) diaries, as well as a scintillating body of modern comment to which the present study seeks to contribute. Ruskin had an extraordinary ability to bring together aesthetics, religion, ecology, and social issues in a unitary, overarching vision, all expressed in a prose style worthy of comparison with any in the English language. All Great Art is Praise focuses especially on the themes of art and religion, for Aidan Nichols takes the view that Ruskin's writings on art cannot be appreciated without taking into account at many points his approach to religion. This volume offers an analytic account of Ruskin's principal writings on art, viewed through the lens of Ruskin's religious claims. For readers new to Ruskin, an opening chapter provides an overview of his work in the context of a life that combined public celebrity with private sorrow.
Artist(s):Ruskin, John (as author)
Indexing: Western, Europe — Several Periods — Painting, Several Media, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 174595
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