Pre-Raphaelitism by John Ruskin


Art critic John Ruskin championed Pre-Raphaelite art and artists. His pamphlet Pre-Raphaelitism, published in 1851 three years after the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood had formed, defends the group against the hostile abuse rained on them by other contemporary critics. 

In an individual capacity Ruskin was a patron for many of the Pre-Raphaelites and nurtured the talents of particular members; in public he was a critic who devoted serious time to appraising their artwork. In turn, the group was influenced by Ruskin’s Modern Painters (first volume published 1843) and his other early writings on art and architecture.

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1851, New York, US
John Ruskin
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