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English Paper #2 - Luke Lipsky Paper #2 English 202B Due:...

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Luke Lipsky English 202B Paper #2 Due: Tuesday, March 4th John Ruskin brings forth many ideas throughout The Stones of Venice, I section of Selected Writings . His main focuses concerning the Gothic arts and lifestyle develop interesting thought processes for the reader about the public’s eye for the arts and the art’s ability to reflect the modern culture of it’s time. Early into the reading, Ruskin encourages his readers to look at art and “see it for what it is.” Fundamental as it may sound, this advice holds valuable intelligence behind it that is critical when recognizing the impact that works of art has on the public’s eye, which as we all know, is never easy to win over. There is a plethora of examples throughout the Ruskin’s writing that directly exemplify the fruits of the culture and lifestyles that both withered and flourished during the Gothic/renaissance time period. In the upcoming pages of this report, I will present to you a critical analysis of Ruskin’s viewpoints on the abilities of the Gothic art to successfully reflect the essence of the time period of which it flourished in, and from that point create and develop a successfully, well supported and specific argument pertaining to the ideas that Ruskin presents in The Stones of Venice, I excerpt provided in Selected Writings . Let us begin our initial analysis of Ruskin’s writing at the beginning of The Quarry. Here, he begins to describe the corruption that flowed throughout the entire Gothic European society. On page 29 Ruskin begins to explain the reflection of the corrupted Gothic structure being exploited via the changes within the local architecture.
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Luke Lipsky English 202B Paper #2 Due: Tuesday, March 4th “This change appears first in a loss of the truth and vitality in existing architecture all over the world.” (Ruskin, 29) The “change” that he is referring to here is relating to the popular architectural reformations that had taken place in specifically London, Rome, and Venice. Ruskin makes it clear that branching away from the traditional and classic methods of architectural structure dramatically poses a threat to the value and
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