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      The Seven
      Lamps of
      Architecture
      by
      John Ruskin

      The Seven Lamps of Architecture

      by John Ruskin

      Review


      John Ruskin, the man whom Leo Tolstoy named as one of the most remarkable among the men in his generation and of "all countries and times," allowed the republication one of his acclaimed and influential works, Lectures on Architecture and Painting; The Study of Architecture in 1883. This is despite the fact that, according to him, "the buildings it describes with so much delight being now either knocked down, or scraped and patched up into smugness and smoothness more tragic than uttermost ruin."

      The author's writing style is formal, with a hint of superfluity. Despite this, his messages come through clearly and wrapped in his own unmistakable personality, beliefs, and firm grasp of artistic and architectural principles.

      Ruskin discusses the 7 requirements that need to be fulfilled in order for an architectural work to be considered good, dedicating a whole chapter to each of them, starting with sacrifice, then proceeding to talk about truth, power, beauty, life, memory, and obedience.

      He infuses his love and admiration for Gothic architecture in this volume, stating that it is the "truest" architecture – something that is echoed by the author's earlier argument that the artist's chief role is revealing truth to nature.

      Lectures on Architecture and Painting; The Study of Architecture includes 15 beautiful prints produced by the author's own hand. This is one tome that architectural students, professionals, and hobbyists will find mentally stimulating and creatively inspiring.

      Excerpt


      I have not, however, except in unimportant partien lars, altered the body of the text, or added to it. I would only request the reader not to regard it as a complete exponent of the views I am at present engaged in advocating, but rather as an introduction to the more considered and careful statements of those views given in The Stones of Venice, and in my Lectures delivered at Edinburgh.

      I cannot, however, allow this work to pass a second time through the press, without stating in its preface the most important of all the ultimate principles which I have been able subsequently to ascertain.

      Book Details


      PIBN10006389
      ISBN978-1-4400-5630-7
      ISBN (Hardcover)978-0-365-45627-8
      LanguageEnglish
      CategoryArchitecture
      Pages284
      Words80629
      Vocabulary3277

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