2011 - John's Gospel
The Mikimoto Memorial Ruskin Lecture of 2011 was held on 1 December in Lancaster University's Management School (Lecture Theatre 1).
Speaker: Professor Michael Wheeler
Title: 'John's Gospel'
For this lecture we welcomed back the founding Director of the Ruskin Library project and research programme at Lancaster University, Professor Michael Wheeler, who in 1999 completed his 26 years as an academic at Lancaster and moved to work on the Chawton House Library project in Hampshire. In this illustrated lecture based on research for his recent book, St John and the Victorians (2011), Prof. Wheeler considers John Ruskin’s imaginative response to some of the best known stories in the New Testament - the marriage at Cana, Jesus and the woman at the well, and the raising of Lazarus - and works of art based on these stories. Ruskin’s personal motto was inspired by a verse from John’s Gospel, and when he died in 1900 a working man sent a wreath with an epitaph taken from the prologue: "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John."
This lecture complemented the theme of our 2011 - 2012 Ruskin Seminar series: ‘Ruskin and the Sacred’.2011 - John's Gospel