Summary of review of Modern Painters III, Eclectic Review, June 1856

Although this review from the Eclectic Review is sympathetic to Ruskin, accepted as an authority on art and praised for expressing his revolutionary ideas on art clearly and firmly (see here), there is, as in the review by Elizabeth Eastlake, writing in the Quarterly Review, March 1856, an underlying fear of idolatry (see here) (see here). This reviewer wishes to demarcate the boundaries between art and religion, and refuses to accept that art can be more than an index of society (see here). Ruskin's eloquent writing is assumed to be highly regarded by readers (see here).