The Desire of My Eyes

The Life & Work of John Ruskin

Wolfgang Kemp; Translated by Jan Van Heurck

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This "tour de force of analysis" (Joel Agee) examines the life and work of the prolific, visionary writer, painter and critic. Kemp finds in Ruskin's life -- which spanned the same years as Queen Victoria's and thus embodied the Victorian era itself -- a faithful mirror of the history and psychological evolution of his age.

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The Desire of My Eyes
OneThe Little Phenomenon 1819--18421 The English academic painter James Northcote had turned out scores of commissions like this. A wine merchant from the City of London had asked him to do a portrait of his son, who had just turned three and a half. The year was 1822. Northcote, now seventy-seven, must have seemed the ideal artist to paint the child, as he could still lend an aristocratic flair to the hackneyed genre. A pupil of Joshua Reynolds, he never tired of reapplying the same formulas which in the eighteenth century had made English portraiture the model for the

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Wolfgang Kemp; Translated by Jan Van Heurck

Wolfgang Kemp is a cultural historian at the University of Marburg, Germany.  He has taught and lectured widely in the United States.

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The Desire of My Eyes
The Life & Work of John Ruskin
Wolfgang Kemp; Translated by Jan Van Heurck

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 1992
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ISBN: 9781466810457
ISBN10: 1466810459
528 pages
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August 1992
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ISBN: 9780374523480
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6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 528 pages
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