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. . .or their essence is in being περὶ περὶ γένεσιν —occupied in the actual production of beautiful form or colour,—still, the highest of them are appointed also to relate to us the utmost ascertainable truth respecting visible things and moral feelings: and this pursuit of fact is the vital element of the art power;—that in which alone it can develop itself to its utmost. And I will anticipate by an assertion which you will at present think too bold, but which I am willing that you should think so, in order that you may well remember it,—the highest thing that art can do is to set before you the true image of the presence of a noble human being. it has never done more than this, and it ought not to do less.

32. The great arts—forming thus one perfect scheme of human skill, of which it is not right to call one division more honourable, though it may be more su. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Basically a compilation of lectures for visual art students with a few contemplations on the role of art for morale and religion. If the latter was a rather shallow Plato copywriting, the former was very interesting. Ruskin discussed the importance of lines, shadow and colors and analyzed the works

Another preliminary read for In Search of Lost Time. It is said that Proust based his writer Bergotte on John Ruskin. I expect to see Ruskin rhythm and phraseology when I get to Proust.

A handful of lectures concerning the relation of art to religion, morality and technical instruction like line, color and light. A pleasant read and low-barrier entry point to the overwhelming Ruskin canon of modern art criticism.

цікава книга, взяла її спеціально для того щоб трохи дізнатись про мистецтво, щоб мати загальне принаймні уявлення. сподобалась мова викладу. багато інформації почерпнула, бо рідко звертала увагу на ті чи інші речі в архітектурі