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John Ruskin and The Science of Sight

Explore Lancaster University’s Ruskin Whitehouse Collection exhibited in London and the Lake District.

An exhibition across two sites.

John Ruskin and the Science of Sight

4 Oct. - 9 Dec. 2022, The Royal Society, London

Behind the Eyes, Ruskin and The Science of Sight

26 Oct. - 31 Dec. 2022, Blue Gallery, Brantwood

From the telescope to early forms of photography, Ruskin exploited developments in optical technologies to push the boundaries of recording the world with extreme visual clarity. Across two sites, this exhibition explores observation and evidence in Ruskin’s works, alongside his scientific contemporaries.

John Ruskin in the Age of Science

This exhibition is part of the series John Ruskin in the Age of Science. John Ruskin (1819-1900) lived in an era of rapid scientific progress that shaped modern Britain. Curated by Sandra Kemp (The Ruskin), with Keith Moore (the Royal Society) and Howard Hull (Brantwood), the exhibitions place Ruskin alongside his nineteenth century scientific contemporaries, exploring his influence on science and society, in his time and our own.