1 June 2020
Watts at home
Unto This Last:
Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin
A complex and often contradictory figure, John Ruskin stands as one of the most influential thinkers of the nineteenth century. A pioneering art critic and an accomplished draftsman, he believed that art had the power to transform society and that nature inspired the most meaningful art. Our latest exhibition - now temporarily closed - features works by J. M. W. Turner, John Everett Millais and Edward Burne-Jones. Two centuries after his birth, Unto This Last examines Ruskin's legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.
Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin features paintings, drawings, and manuscripts largely from collections at Yale University - the Yale Center for British Art and Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - together representing one of the most important repositories of Ruskin's work in the United States, much of which is to be exhibited in the UK for the first time.
The exhibition has been curated by three PhD Candidates in Yale University's Department of the History of Art: Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn, and Judith Stapleton; with Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Centre Professor of the History of Art at Yale; and Courtney Skipton Long, Acting Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Yale Center for British Art.
Enjoy an audio tour of Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin on the app Smartify, delivered by curators from the Yale Center for British Art, Tara Contractor, Victoria Hepburn and Judith Stapleton.
Explore the exhibition space in the video below in this informative visual tour led by the curators of Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin.
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