The natural world was Ruskin’s greatest inspiration. For him it was a source of wonder and curiosity, beauty and creativity. He encouraged others to share in his excitement, hoping that they would find happiness and enjoyment through discovering nature.Read more
Books of Wonder
‘Energy and Endurance’: The Architecture of Switzerland
Ruskin often wrote about his admiration for Gothic craftsmanship or buildings ornamented with coloured marble and sculptured decoration. Yet he was also fascinated at how buildings stood as markers of ‘national identity’. For him, a building also showed something of the character of the country in which it was built.Read more
‘The Art of Scratch’: Metal and Wood Engraving.
Ruskin studied engraving almost as much as drawing. Partly he admired the precision and workmanship required in creating the images, but also he saw them as an important stepping-stone in learning how to draw and how to see clearly.Read more