The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon
Lectures on Art (Aesthetics Today) by John Ruskin, Bill Beckley (Introduction)
A great book, full of Ruskin's own special insights on art. Esp art in relation to the world, how it impacts our lives, re life, religion, morals, functionality, even. There are sections on aspects of rendering too... line, color,light. All in all, useful to artists and artwriters alike. It is no less applicable now than when these lectures were delivered, I think, only the phrasing, not the content, is nineteenth century. These were very important thoughts, that set the tenor of art criticism for the entire 20th century. A few really clear b/w illustrations attend the text beautifully.
The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin - Book-length essay on architecture by John Ruskin, published in 1849. According to Ruskin, the leading principles of architecture are the "lamps" of Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory, and Obedience. The noblest style of architecture was Gothic, but in time medieval architecture had lost the power to resist innovation. This loss of vitality was the result of the spiritual decline of Christianity during the materialistic Renaissance.
Genius of John Ruskin : Selections from His Writings (Victorian Literature
and Culture Series) by John Ruskin, John D. Rosenberg (Editor), Herbert