Ruskin's study of Venetian architecture, art and culture, The Stones of Venice, published in three volumes between 1851 and 1853, was not intended to be a history as we would now understand it. It was a moral argument, and a political intervention. As Elizabeth Helsinger has argued in an essay on Ruskin's historiography: 'The historical account of Venetian architecture in The Stones of Venice is reshaped throughout by an extrahistorical intention: to celebrate medieval art and values and condemn, on moral as well as aes thetic grounds, Renaissance Italy and nineteenth-century England/1 It was also a further contribution, following on from The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849), to a contemporary debate in Britain about the right direction for the Gothic Revival.
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Ruskin's Artists: studies in the Victorian visual economy
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