Distinguishing Architecture from Mere Building

Often neglected but a hugely important Victorian

On Art and Aesthetics

John Ruskin, Wikipedia [Public Domain] “He was a critic who could out-paint most painters, a great educator who reinvented how we see art,” says British writer Philip Hoare of the Victorian polymath John Ruskin (1819-1900). Last year I wrote a post titled “Poets and Botanists” based on a portion of Ruskin series “Modern Painters” in which he talks about the two ways in which one can acquire knowledge of any kind – that by humble observation (as a poet) or by arrogant dissection (as a botanist) – the object of enquiry in this case was a plant. Ruskin, all in all, passionately advocated a close relationship with nature.

A few days ago I encountered another work of his – this one on architecture – called The Seven Lamps of Architecture – published in 1849 after a visit to northern France during which he had aimed…

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