Lectures on Art

Delivered before the University of Oxford in Hilary term, 1870

Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 49,983 / 147 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 32.3
LoC Categories: N, BH
Downloads: 2,089
Added to site: 2006.09.04
mnybks.net#: 14362
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Criticism, Art
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time,--a study which can only by true modesty end in wise admiration,--it is surely well that I connect the record of these words of his, spoken then too truly to myself, and true always more or less for all who are untrained in that toil,--"You don't know how difficult it is."

You will not expect me, within the compass of this lecture, to give you any analysis of the many kinds of excellent art (in all the three great divisions) which the complex demands of modern life, and yet more varied instincts of modern genius, have developed for pleasure or service. It must be my endeavour, in conjunction with my colleagues in the other Universities, hereafter to enable you to appreciate these worthily; in the hope that also the members of the Royal Academy, and those of the Institute of British Architects, may be induced to assist, and guide, the efforts of the Universities, by organising such a system of art-education for their own students, as shall in future prevent the waste of genius in any mistaken ende

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