Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781789142761 Published January 2021 For sale in North and South America only

The Art of Ruskin and the Spirit of Place

John Dixon Hunt

The Art of Ruskin and the Spirit of Place

John Dixon Hunt

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288 pages | 100 color plates, 80 halftones | 7 1/4 x 9 3/4
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781789142761 Published January 2021 For sale in North and South America only
English art critic John Ruskin was one of the great visionaries of his time, and his influential books and letters on the power of art challenged the foundations of Victorian life. He loved looking. Sometimes it informed the things he wrote, but often it provided access to the many topographical and cultural topics he explored—rocks, plants, birds, Turner, Venice, the Alps. In The Art of Ruskin and the Spirit of Place, John Dixon Hunt focuses for the first time on what Ruskin drew, rather than wrote, offering a new perspective on Ruskin’s visual imagination. Through analysis of more than 150 drawings and sketches, many reproduced here, he shows how Ruskin’s art shaped his writings, his thoughts, and his sense of place.
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Marcus Waithe, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
"This beautifully produced book takes readers on a closely and sensitively observed grand tour of Ruskin’s pictorial imagination. In a moving return to an early subject, Hunt supplies this bibliographic equivalent of Ruskin’s restless journeying, a visual odyssey in honor not only of the places he cared about, but also of his sense of place, understood physically, emotionally, spiritually, chromatically. The images reproduced here are more than illustrations: thanks to Hunt’s hospitality and judgement as a guide, they take their place as staging-posts along a beguiling travelers’ road."
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