'Unto This Last': Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
*Reopening from 17th August* A complex and often contradictory figure, John Ruskin stands as one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. A pioneering art critic and an accomplished draftsman, he believed that art had the power to transform society and that nature inspired the most meaningful art. Two centuries after his birth, this exhibition examines Ruskin's legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator. Travelling to Watts Gallery from the Yale Center for British Art, this exhibition has been curated by three PhD Candidates in Yale University’s Department of the History of Art: Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn and Judith Stapleton; with Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Centre Professor of the History of Art at Yale; and Courtney Skipton Long, Acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.
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