John Ruskin

31 Mar, 2005 700 Arts

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the life and work of John Ruskin. He was the most brilliant art critic of his age, perhaps the most brilliant that Britain has ever produced, but he was much more than that. A champion of Turner and an enemy of Whistler, he placed the study of art and architecture at the heart of a moral assault on Victorian life. In the stone work of a Gothic cathedral, Ruskin saw all that was right about medieval society and all that was wrong about his own capitalist age.But why was Ruskin so critical of his own time? What deep currents of thought infused his ideas? And how much does our thinking, about society, the environment, art and work owe to this unusual man?

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  • Dinah Birch 13 episodes
    Professor of English
  • Keith Hanley No other episodes
    Professor of English Literature and Director of the Ruskin Programme
  • Stefan Collini 2 episodes
    Professor of Intellectual History and English Literature

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