- Publisher Hesperus
- Size 12.5 x 19.5 cm
John Ruskin on genius
Foreword Writer: Melvyn Bragg
Title to accompany the National Galleries of Scotland exhibition John Ruskin | Artist and Observer, from 4th July − 28th September 2014 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
Thinker, writer, artist; by turns brilliant, contradictory and erratic. An icon of the Victorian era, a man touched by the hand of genius and haunted by the spectre of madness, John Ruskin was cited as an inspiration by, among others, Tolstoy, Proust, Gandhi and, of course, Oscar Wilde. In addition to founding the discipline of modern art criticism and rescuing from obscurity such cornerstones of art history as J.M.W. Turner, he wrote prolifically, publishing over 250 works.
Among his many famed theories was an expostulation that each generation boasts just a few men of genius, who differ from their contemporaries both in social relations and in their attitudes to study and the products of men. Here we collate, from across the vast body of Ruskin’s work, the gems of this theory, for the benefit both of those fascinated by genius and those who might aspire to this status.
119 pages. Paperback.