Reappraising John Ruskin: A New Road On Which the World Should Travel
John Ruskin was one of the most important writers and critics of the 19th century, influencing the thinking and activities of a large number of people in a wide variety of fields including, most notably, William Morris. Marking the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth, John Blewitt FRSA (and Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute) will explore the connections between the two men.
Topics covered will be Ruskin’s achievements as an art critic, and supporter of the work of J.M.W. Turner and the Pre-Raphaelites; his views on architecture and Englishness; his patronage of artists and designers such as Charles Fairfax Murray and Lizzie Siddall; his influence on public education, particularly the education of young women; his concern for the environment and support for environmental conservation; and his deep religiosity and crisis of faith that prompted him to turn from art to politics as he reached middle age.
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