On Art and Life PDF ☆ On Art ePUB Ò

On Art and Life PDF ☆ On Art ePUB Ò


On Art and Life ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☄ On Art and Life Author John Ruskin – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Throughout history some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate dissent war and revolution They have enlightened outraged p Throughout history some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate dissent war and revolution They have enlightened outraged provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers pioneers radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.


10 thoughts on “On Art and Life

  1. Kevin Fuller Kevin Fuller says:

    Nietzsche said that with the death of the sacred Beauty would continue albeit accidentallyMr John Ruskin however set his sights on an earlier age developing six principles that could be applied to gothic beauty and in so doing in my eyes set down the principles for Beauty in generalThe principles are Rudeness Changefulness Naturalness Grotesueness Rigidity and RedundancyIn our post industrial age perhaps the most telling is the first Rudeness Mr Ruskin defines Rudeness as the introduction of originality into a work at the expense of a polished finished product What you may ask? That's not how I do it at work Me either brother but it's nice to know why nothing I produce is beautifulWhich leads me to my next point concerning this little gem of a book These principles can be applied in my view to Beauty in general not just gothic And it provides an interesting point of view with which to look at life Suddenly many of the 'best things' in life truly are freeI had no real education in aesthetics before reading this book and have now delved deeper into the subject because of itMaybe you will too


  2. Zanna Zanna says:

    Extracts from Ruskin's book The Stones of Venice in which he examines architecture as a way of understanding the political economy social structure and cultural framework of Britain and other countries he has experiencedRuskin is radical humanitarian visionary His insight is profound and he champions freedom and creativity as the foundation of artistic work He refuses to divorce aesthetics from ethics I completely changed my view of buildings when I read this In every made thing I now look for the maker's soul I wish I could raise Ruskin from the dead to comment on architecture and design todayYou must either make a tool of the creature or a man of him You cannot make both


  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    The law of nature is that a certain uantity of work is necessary to produce a certain uantity of good of any kind whatever If you want knowledge you must toil for it if food you must toil for it and if pleasure you must toil for it But men do not acknowledge this law; or strive to evade it hoping to get their knowledge and food and pleasure for nothing and in this effort they either fail of getting them and remain ignorant and miserable or they obtain them by making other men work for their benefit; and then they are tyrants and robbers


  4. Ashley Ashley says:

    I will never look at fences in the same way again John Ruskin was the original anti WalMart guy it would seem and his ideas on responsible consumerism and dignity will stay with me forever His ideas on jewels have even prompted me to get a different wedding band that's some influence from beyond the grave


  5. Zeineb Nouira Zeineb Nouira says:

    When one mentions John Ruskin a certain image of a rigid and moralist stance should be unearthed As the proponent of Theoria in art and its role in making art a meaningful field of life John Ruskin while talking about Gothic architecture and the uses of iron really does not stray away from his teleological stance when dealing with whatever topic Indeed Ruskin in his essay “The Nature of Gothic” explores the features of Gothic architecture and debunks the prejudice that originate from the grotesue and “imperfect” visual renderings gargoyles and extravagant arches and vaulted roofs were seen as unappealing when compared to the Roman counterpart He enumerates and thoroughly explains each feature as to prove that this kind of architecture is not a non aesthetic deviation but a continuation of it Yet aestheticism for Ruskin can NEVER exist without a dash of morality In his analysis he brings forth the uestions of freedom slavery Humanism and tradition Architecture in this sense is a substantiation of a set of values and a representation of a mindset again art is stripped from its artistryIn the second essay entitled “The Work of Iron” Ruskin employs his skill of smooth transitioning to include his stances vis à vis the uses of Iron in family society and politics He argues that the complementary use of iron in the hands of women needlesclothes and those of men plough and swordsfood and security make up a “happy nation” He then indulges into a tirade about the necessity of using iron as a means of smiting and punishment as to assert the part of exemplum in this essayand so on and so forth At some point this has become a sermon about Sin disguised under a supposed guidebook on the uses of ironIn summation I did not expect a less holier than thou attitude from such an author His writings are so drenched in preaching tones that it becomes forcefully far fetched


  6. Liz Polding Liz Polding says:

    A passionate and beautifully written book which says a great deal about the author as well as it's subject matter Ruskin's aesthetic views and high mindedness might imply impracticality and a view of human beings as stereotypes distinguished in Ruskin's day by class Not so I am always struck by Ruskin's thoughts on fair trade and the value that he placed on actual physical work arguing that ideas and the work which is needed to bring ideas into physical existence have eual value He deplores the demeaning of craftsmanship by manufacturing and is uneuivocal about his views on fair trade Anything less than paying someone a fair price for their labour is stealing I can't comment on his views on whether leaves should be rendered in marble wood or iron in sculpture but in this I completely agree with him


  7. Alan Alan says:

    Can't say I disagree with anything in this book except maybe Ruskin's love for run on sentences This collection of two influential chapters from his older books highlights the importance of aesthetics and labor in life Despite being hundreds of years old Ruskin's critiue on the role of buildings fences and the human cost of making them remains as relevant if not today as it was when he wrote it


  8. Gastjäle Gastjäle says:

    35 50As an inclusion in the Great Ideas series On Art and Life falls a bit short at least from the imaginary standard I've set for such a project Essentially Ruskin is espousing humane causes in the face of estranging practices that were burgeoning as a result of industrialisation He rues the fact that artisanship was on the decline the loss of unevenness in the surfaces of visual arts as emblematic of artistic vision and emotion and that the new capitalist system deprives the fruit of labour from labourers and gives them to those who never sweated by plying the plough His ideas are noble and like all things concerning nobility they are dimmed the they become to relics of the past Personally I believe Ruskin's ideas about placing imperfection on the pedestal is still applicable and even healthy today but the problem with it lies in its vagueness Ruskin uses another un told metric when he weighs various perfections It appears that he is attacking the use of machinery and how it influences the employers' and consumers' ideas of what man should be and thus his bad perfection seems to have to do with outlines or less But I'm sure he wouldn't have had anything against an artist who strove to perfect their own vision provided such things could be finished since Ruskin seemed to sneer a bit at Leonardo's dilatory perfectionism As long as the perfection wasn't of a sterile visual sort Be that as it may perfection on the whole is a dangerous and literally medieval idea which can ruin the aesthetic glimmer in a person's eye and hence it should be scrapped in its purely superficial sense The inferences Ruskin draws from the imperfections of Gothic masonry etc are purely personal yet as such they should inspire rather than instruct the readerHowever his somewhat Marxist idea about labour is not really applicable on the whole any Machinery has been placed under the yoke of man and no longer can such a shocking picture of reality drawn as Ruskin has with sweaty undernourished labourers beavering away while top hatted tycoons grow fat on their crops Contracts are made and farmers do not need to grumble as much if they are well rewarded for their efforts Even this little fact makes Ruskin's declamations simply dated though there are other problems with capitalism that still exist todayRuskin also stressed the importance of duty peaceful governance and the fact that social life is based on restraint not on absolute freedom Good ideas yet seem like truisms these days But what really makes this little book is the way Ruskin weaves his narrative He may start talking about Gothic blocks of stone and suddenly we find that they have acted merely as metaphorical foundations for Ruskin's moral philosophy and his ideas about humanity His aesthetics are prominent alluring and rich I mean anyone who can draw such beautiful data from unevenly hewn masonry and well basically anything uneven is a perspicacious visionary in my books In the latter text he starts out as a scientist holding forth on the merits and poetic pleasantness of iron and soon the reader is awoken by the realisation that Ruskin has donned the clerical collar and is waxing grand about a metaphorical iron oppression What happened? Just a moment ago he was talking about the aesthetic nullity of iron fences and how he dislikes black and grey hues and all of a sudden we're soaring above humankind with our Dickensian Marx pointing out the great injustices of his time I'm not wondering at all that Ruskin influenced the likes of Tolstoy and Proust He had an eye for burrowed beauty a brain for courageous cogitations and a heart that beat like a blacksmith And he writes like an inspired genius or perhaps he is one That's something I'll definitely need to find out


  9. Jake Jake says:

    This small book is comprised of a chapter from another book on Gothic architecture and a lecture on ironwork Ruskin had a fine way of making these topics about humanity It reads very smoothly considering it's from the mid 19th century Some fine insights mixed with a bit of boredom


  10. Lorraine Lorraine says:

    Part Intro to historical architecture part socialist critiue of Victorian industrialism part long digression on the nature of iron and rust


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