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The Desire of My Eyes

The Life & Work of John Ruskin

Wolfgang Kemp; Translated by Jan Van Heurck

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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This "tour de force of analysis" 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--Joel Agee

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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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