Dr Justine Hopkins on John Ruskin
In partnership with Oxford University's Department for Continuing Education
No wealth but life: the world and works of John Ruskin
John Ruskin was, without doubt, one of the most remarkable men of his age. 2019 marks the bicentenary of his birth, an invitation to revisit his achievements and consider his legacy.
There could be no better place to start than in Oxford, a city he loved and where his name, his writings and his ideas were widely admired and adopted by others. From the School of Art, with its remarkable collection of his original drawings and teaching materials, to the spectacular architecture of the Natural History Museum, and the college founded by his disciples, Ruskin’s determination to open everyone’s eyes to the wonders in the world which he himself perceived so clearly has become part of the fabric of the city and its community.
This lecture will explore some of the many aspects of the life and work of this inspirational teacher and reformer.
Justine Hopkins is a freelance writer and lecturer in the History of Art working for the V&A, Bristol, London, Oxford and Cambridge Universities; the Tate, National and National Portrait Galleries; Sotheby’s, Christies’ and assorted independent institutions.
Justine's current research projects include the interaction of the visual arts and poetry from Victoria to the present; changing visions of children and childhood in art and the relationship between artists and cities.