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- DescriptionIn 1851 John Ruskin came to the defense of the young artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by writing two letters to the Times refuting wide-spread criticism of their paintings. Soon afterwards he published a pamphlet entitled Pre-Raphaelitism, beginning almost a decade of public support for the work of William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, and their associates. Already established as one of the leading writers on art, Ruskin took a personal risk in defending the Pre-Raphaelite cause, but saw a parallel in the hostile reaction to the paintings of his artistic idol J. M. W. Turner. In Millais especially, Ruskin hoped to nurture a worthy successor in landscape painting, arguing that the Pre-Raphaelites' attention to truth and detail offered the opportunity to establish a new and ble school of British art. This is the first compilation of all of Ruskin's published writings relating to the Pre-Raphaelites, beginning with the celebrated passage in the first volume of Modern Painters (1843) exhorting young artists to go to nature in all . . . rejecting thing, selecting thing and scorning thing, later claimed by Hunt to have been an inspiration. As well as Pre-Raphaelitism (1851), rarely reprinted since, and the fourth of the 185 Edinburgh lectures, it includes all the comments on paintings in the annual Academy Notes (1855-9) which pertain to Pre-Raphaelitism, underlining Ruskin's significant contribution to the movement's popular success and the widespread acceptance of its principles. From the period after 1860, when Ruskin was concentrating more on social issues, come the the little-kwn articles published in the Nineteenth Century magazine under the title The Three Colours of Pre Raphaelitism, (1878), and a number of lectures, including the last of his Slade Lectures, The Art of England, (1883) delivered just a few years before his mental faculties failed. Edited with a commentary and preface by Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library and Research Centre, University of Lancaster, and with an introduction by Robert Hewison, one of Ruskin's successors as Slade Professor of Art at the University of Oxford.
- Author BiographyJohn Ruskin (1819-1900) was the foremost art critic in Victorian England, and one of the greatest writers and thinkers of his time. Stephen Wildman, Professor of Art History at Lancaster University, is the curator of the Ruskin Library and Collection, and one of the foremost authorities on Pre-Raphaelite art.
- Author(s)John Ruskin
- PublisherPallas Athene Publishers
- Date of Publication31/01/2013
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPallas Athene Arts
- Width215 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byStephen Wildman
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