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Ruskin and the East

Ruskin and the East John Ruskin was the first critic to recognise the imprint of Islam on the architecture of Venice and to explore its context and meaning. This essay investigates how, without ever having seen an Islamic building, he recognised this strain in Venice's townscape. To justify his intuitive sympathy for the flowing curves of the Arabesque he had to construct a moral and aesthetic reconciliation with the legacy of his Scottish roots. 1 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Ruskin and the East

Architectural Heritage , Volume 10 (1): 37 – Jan 1, 1999

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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1755-1641
DOI
10.3366/arch.1999.10.1.37
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Abstract

John Ruskin was the first critic to recognise the imprint of Islam on the architecture of Venice and to explore its context and meaning. This essay investigates how, without ever having seen an Islamic building, he recognised this strain in Venice's townscape. To justify his intuitive sympathy for the flowing curves of the Arabesque he had to construct a moral and aesthetic reconciliation with the legacy of his Scottish roots. 1

Journal

Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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