The Argument of the Eye

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends Lecture Hall (room 240)
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Born 200 years ago, John Ruskin (1819–1900) was a Victorian polymath whose interests spanned art, archaeology, architecture, environmentalism, and social justice for the working class. In his talk “The Argument of the Eye,” distinguished Ruskin scholar Robert Hewison discusses the importance of visual experiences in Ruskin's life, and traces his career through his drawings and encounters with great paintings. 


Robert Hewison is a cultural historian and preeminent scholar on the work of John Ruskin, having published dozens of books and articles on the Victorian art critic and social philosopher, whom the New York Times recently declared “Is Having a Comeback.” Hewison has held chairs at Oxford, Lancaster, and City Universities—and written about the arts for the Sunday Times since 1981. He currently advises numerous cultural foundations and arts commissions in the UK. 

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