Ruskin's Venice. New exhibition at the Ruskin Library

Date: 13 January 2010


Why not escape the cold winter weather and lose yourself amongst the many splendours of Venice? The gallery in the Ruskin Library is open Monday - Saturday 11am - 4pm and Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

Ruskin's Venice

After experiencing a taste of Italy in 1833, John Ruskin's first visit to Venice came two years later. Further visits in 1841 and 1845 (the first without his parents) convinced him that it was 'a Paradise of cities.' Initially seduced by its romantic beauty, he then chose to undertake a far deeper study of its art and architecture than anyone had previously attempted.

This display is drawn entirely from the riches of the Whitehouse Collection, which contains by far the largest amount of preparatory material for Ruskin's 3-volume book The Stones of Venice (1851-53), as well as many other individual drawings, watercolours and photographs. It will coincide with the publication of a new book by Robert Hewison, Ruskin on Venice (Yale University Press, January 2010).

The Exhibition will rununtil 21st March 2010.

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Associated departments and research centres: Ruskin Research Centre