Victoria Hepburn
Hepburn, Victoria
Hepburn, Victoria
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Description: Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
In the third chapter of his botanical study Proserpina (1875), titled “The Leaf,” John Ruskin turned to the “perennial leafage” of trees in the Garden of Eden. This, he explained, offered a potent symbol of an individual’s lasting significance within a larger system—the forest of interconnected humanity. He wrote:
PublisherYale Center for British Art
Related print edition pages: pp.49-67
Description: Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
This book presents an innovative portrait of John Ruskin (1819–1900) as artist, art critic, social theorist, educator, and ecological campaigner. Ruskin’s juvenilia reveal an early embrace of his lifelong interests in geology and botany, art, poetry, and mythology. His early admiration of Turner led him to identify the moral power of close looking. In The Stones of Venice, illustrated with his own drawings, he argued that the development of architectural style revealed the moral condition of society. Later, Ruskin pioneered new approaches to teaching and museum practice. Influential worldwide, Ruskin’s work inspired William Morris, founders of the Labour Party, and Mahatma Gandhi. Through thematic essays and detailed discussions of his works, this book argues that, complex and contradictory, Ruskin’s ideas are of urgent importance today.

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Print publication date October 2019 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300246414
EISBN 9780300259759
Illustrations 270
Print Status out of print