Study of Spray of Dead Oak Leaves 1879, John Ruskin, c Collection of the Guild of St George / Museums Sheffield

Study of Spray of Dead Oak Leaves 1879, John Ruskin, c Collection of the Guild of St George / Museums Sheffield

JOHN RUSKIN

WHAT? The Power of Seeing 

WHERE? Two Temple Place, London, WC2R 3BD

No tickets required, free entry 

WHEN? 26th Jan- 22nd April 2019 and then it goes to the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield from 29th May 2019

WHY GO? He was the leading art critic of the Victorian era, collecting artworks like most mortals collect books and his vast private collection will be in London to mark his bicentenary. 

He hobnobbed with the great and good, principally the Pre -Raphaelites, was an artist and academic par excellence himself and it’s said a terrible snob! 

He was also a great social reformer believing appreciation of art to be fundamental to education.  

His famous quote, “Quality is never an accident, it is always the result of intelligent effort” rings as true now as it did then. 

IN THE KNOW?

Effie Gray, whom he married in 1848 and separated from in 1854 claimed the marriage was never consummated and that he found her ‘person’ disgusting.He was more in love with female beauty through his art and so she went on to marry artist Millais, who certainly found her attractive as they had eight children.