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A Torch at Midnight, by Robert Brownell

A Torch at Midnight, by Robert Brownell


Hardback or paperback – 217 x 145 mm – 500 pages

Winner of The Ruskin Society Book Prize 2018.

The first edition of John Ruskin's The Seven Lamps of Architecture is one of the most extraordinary books ever produced. Confronted with the task of explaining the complex and mysterious nature of medieval art, Ruskin produced a concept volume of Gothic art and architecture that embodied the principles it described.

In this arresting re-appraisal of Ruskin's great architectural books, Robert Brownell reveals the deep, esoteric roots of Ruskin's philosophy. The Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice contain dark and hidden meanings in their fabric, structure and language that remain unrecognised by most readers. Their occult wisdom not only demonstrates Ruskin's understanding of the subtle visual and intellectual beauties of Gothic art, and the pagan cosmos on which it was based, but also reveals the true John Ruskin.

A Torch at Midnight explores in detail the development of Ruskin's ideas and his presentation of them in his books. By demonstrating the visual and intellectual beauties of true design, Ruskin's aim was to intrigue and fascinate his readers to enlightenment.

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