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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ... 27 CHAP. II. THE LAMP OF TROTH. I. There is a marked likeness between the virtue of man and the enlightenment of the globe he inhabits -- the same d ...more
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THE SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE. (1849). John Ruskin. ***.
Ruskin was one of the most famous men of the Victorian Age. He was a writer, a critic, a painter, and a lecturer of note. He was clearly responsible for the definition of ‘taste’ in both the fine and decorative arts. This book combines a series of lectures on architecture. He manages to illuminate what is good in this field from what is bad. The ‘lamps’ he uses for this illumination consist of his opinions that apply under Sacrifice, Trut
Czarny Pies
Dec 16, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Old curmudgeons who believe that bad taste in art is a sin.
Recommended to Czarny by: Marcel Proust
Shelves: art-architecture
This book is as they used to say in the sixties a hoot. It is a dazzling display of erudition, insight and laughable drivel. It was in a word everything that I hoped it would be. I read this book because Ruskin was greatly admired by Marcel Proust who considered him to be the greatest authority on aesthetic values of his generation. Such was Proust's admiration for Ruskin that he translated Ruskin's Bible of Amiens into French. I started the Seven Lamps of Architecture expecting a rant on art li ...more
Kirtikhacara Jayadhira
ในแวดงวงศิลปะ-สถาปัตย์ และวรรณกรรม ชื่อของ John Ruskin ย่อมเป็นที่คุ้นเคยกันดี. เขาเป็นนักวิจารณ์สถาปัตยกรรมคนต้นๆที่วางแนวทางการประเมินค่าในเชิงสุนทรียภาพทางสถาปัตย์เอาไว้ โดยมีหนังสือเล่มนี้ และ The Stones of Venice, 3 vols (1851-1853) ที่เขาขยายความคิดในประทีปทั้งเจ็ดจากเล่มนี้โดยใช้สถาปัตยกรรมในเมืองเวนิสมาเป็นกรณีศึกษาต่อมา เป็นบรรทัดฐาน ซึ่งมีอิทธิพลต่อสถาปนิกและผู้วางทฤษฏีทางสถาปัตย์รุ่นต่อๆมา อันยังคงใช้มาจนทุกวันนี้. แม้ว่าสถาปัตยกรรมที่ Ruskin ยกมาเอ่ยถึงจะเป็นสถาปัตยกรรมของยุโรปในสมัย ...more
Though I see from reading this how Ruskin might have been an inspiration to the Arts and Crafts movement, it's hard to believe that Frank Lloyd Wright read this book also! Ruskin was at heart a reactionary...I suppose against the Industrial Revolution and the threats the concept of liberty posed to the established social order. What modern American could possibly read "The Lamp of Obedience" without wincing?

Still, it's always worthwhile to read such an influential work. Ruskin's style is a bit c
Haythem Bastawy
Definitely an experience, a very different read. The Seven Lamps of Architecture is one of Ruskin's many books on art, sculpture and architecture. He writes beautifully but reignlessly and could keep going on around the same point ceaselessly. It is fascinating though the extremely pious tone he speaks through, knowing that later in life he gave up his faith.

The Seven Lamps of Architecture is a fascinating keen depiction of the degenration of European civilisation from the Renaissance onwards th
Grey Walker
It's slow reading, because I have to put myself in Ruskin "headspace" whenever I pick it up. I remember blitzing through it in college, but I was taking a Victorian lit class, and it was all Victorian English, all the time.
Pretentious twaddle, much of which seems to have been disproved by later architectural events. Must have imagined it had some virtue when I picked it up, but so glad I only tackled this as a flying/waiting at airport filler.
I didn't quite finish this one. I'm wanting to try reading it again once I know a little more about architecture.
I found John Ruskin to be a bit irritating. This isn't the sort of book you read for fun.
Brittany Petruzzi
Might just win in the fisticuffs against Vitruvius for best book on architecture.
Steven Felicelli
as postmodernist, this book is hard to read now
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John Ruskin was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, London, the only child of Margaret and John James Ruskin. His father, a prosperous, self-made man who was a founding partner of Pedro Domecq sherries, collected art and encouraged his son's literary activities, while his mother, a devout evangelical Protestant, early dedicated her son to the service of God and devoutly wished him to beco ...more
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