Includes two of John Ruskin’s famous essays: “The Nature of the Gothic” and “The Work of Iron” from his book The Stones of Venice. Ruskin’s insights into the need for individual artistic freedom, and his disdain for the mass-production art of the Victorian era, radically altered society’s perception of creative design and remain powerfully relevant to our ideas of beauty today.
John Ruskin was born in London in 1819, of Scottish descent. His father was a succesful wine-merchant and art lover; his mother a strict Evangelical whose religious instruction affected him deeply. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1836 and graduated in… More about John Ruskin