Ruskin S Moral Elements Of Gothic A Foundation Of The Arts And Crafts Movement
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At home: the table, delivered.Kudos to all who accepted last week's challenge to match features of my recently completed dining table commission with the list of John Ruskin's 'moral elements of Gothic' from his magnum opus, The Stones of Venice.
I am impressed by the thoughtful answers submitted by everyone who wrote in.The winner, by virtue of having responded first, is Edward Hopkins.As I write this post on Sunday evening, I am celebrating the completion of (what I hope to be) proofing revisions to my drawings for the forthcoming book, English Arts & Crafts Furniture (it should be in the Popular Woodworking warehouse by late May.
) Here is an exceedingly brief presentation of what Ruskin had in mind when he invoked these moral elements of Gothic, along with some of the answers readers sent in and my own thoughts in the photo captions.
This topic comprises the bulk of Chapter One in my forthcoming book.Again, thanks so much to all who took part.The 'Gothic' virtue of Savageness The table's hand-hewn legs, exposed joinery, and overall lack of refinement (please note: this is emphatically not synonymous with lack of craftsmanship) express Ruskin's virtue of savageness, a word that is etymologically related to...