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Ruskin on Venice: 'The Paradise of Cities' (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) Hardcover – 17 Nov 2009
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`The critic's love of Venice is eloquently examined in this handsomely illustrated book.' --Sunday Times, 17th December 2010
`Assiduously researched, handsomely illustrated...be grateful [to Hewison] for re-creating Ruskin's Venetian pilgrimage with such discreet sympathy and deep learning.'
--Kevin Jackson, Sunday Times, 10th December 2009
`The whole spectacular achievement does honour to its theme.' --Jonathon Keates, Literary Review, February 2010
`Hewison's thought has developed and matured until reaching the fully rounded work of scholarship this book represents.'
--Stephen Wildman, The Art Newspaper No.210, February 2010
`Hewison resurrects this passionate thinker and charismatic writer with the care, and love, that is surely due.'
--Jonathon Glancey, The Guardian, 20th March 2010
About the Author
Robert Hewison is Professor of Cultural Policy and Leadership Studies at the City University, London, Honorary Professor at Lancaster University and Associate, Demos. He writes for the 'Culture' section of the Sunday Times and his many books include 'John Ruskin: The Argument of the Eye' (1976), 'Under Siege, Literary Life in London 1939-45' (1977), 'Ruskin and Venice' (1978) and 'Irreverence, Scurrility, Profanity, Vilification and Licentious Abuse: Monty Python The Case Against' (1981).
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If you are looking for a 'coffee table' book to guide you through Ruskin's glorious writings about Venice, this will almost certainly miss the mark. Instead Robert Hewison has written a densely argued interpretation of Ruskin's life, focusing on the factors that helped shape his changing opinions of Venice.
If you can live with Hewison's slightly forced erudition - words like synechdoche and historiography abound - and are are a keen Ruskin scholar then this will do nicely.
My three star rating stems not from the text but from a disappointment with the published book itself. Many of the images have blocked up shadow detail; the typesetting (in Bembo?) is rather ugly with erratic wordspacing and frankly poor kerning; and there's a howler of a mistake in which a full-page reproduction of Ruskin's gorgeous watercolour of the Palazzo Dario is printed as a mirror image.
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