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The Seven Lamps of Architecture

The Seven Lamps of Architecture by John Ruskin
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The Seven Lamps of Architecture, published in May 1849, is an extended essay written by the English art critic and theorist John Ruskin. The 'lamps' of the title are Ruskin's principles of architecture, which he later enlarged upon in the three-volume The Stones of Venice. To an extent, they codified some of the contemporary thinking behind the Gothic Revival. At the time of its publication A.W.N. Pugin and others had already advanced the ideas of the Revival and it was well under way in practice. Ruskin offered little new to the debate, but the book helped to capture and summarise the thoughts of the movement. The Seven Lamps also proved a great popular success, and received the approval of the ecclesiologists typified by the Cambridge Camden Society, who criticised in their publication The Ecclesiologist lapses committed by modern architects in ecclesiastical commissions.

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[Illustration: PLATE IX. ( Frontispiece Vol. V.) TRACERY FROM THE CAMPANILE OF GIOTTO AT FLORENCE.]

Illustrated Cabinet Edition

The Seven Lamps of Architecture Lectures on Architecture and Painting The Study of Architecture

by John Ruskin

[Illustration]

Boston Dana Estes & Company Publishers

CONTENTS.

SEVEN LAMPS OF ARCHITECTURE.

PAGE PREFACE 5 INTRODUCTION 9 CHAPTER I. THE LAMP OF SACRIFICE 15 CHAPTER II. THE LAMP OF TRUTH 34 CHAPTER III. THE LAMP OF POWER 69 CHAPTER IV. THE LAMP OF BEAUTY 100 CHAPTER V. THE LAMP OF LIFE 142 CHAPTER VI. THE LAMP OF MEMORY 167 CHAPTER VII. THE LAMP OF OBEDIENCE 188 NOTES 203

LECTURES ON ARCHITECTURE AND PAINTING

PREFACE 213 LECTURE I... Continue reading book >>


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