Analysis Of John Ruskin The Seven Lamp Of Architecture

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The Seven Lamps of Architecture Introduction: Ruskin in his book the seven lamps of architecture expressed the principle of architecture and his point of view for each one. In the chapter of the lamp of truth, John Ruskin talked about three main fallacies in architecture which are structural deceits, surface deceits and ornaments deceits. First Ruskin started by explaining how we as humans deal with falsehood, saying, '' we have the habit of looking at falsehood in its darkest associations, and through the colour of its worse purpose'' And then he stated how people tend to hate things not because they're not true but because they're harmful, but he tried to explain that lies and fallacies are what harm the world the most. so we should…show more content…
He drew this from the assumption that the feeling of beauty is universal. " Man cannot advance in the invention of beauty without directly imitating natural form." Ruskin believed that forms which are imitative must be beautiful but those which are unimitative must be ugly. Ruskin gave many example for imitative and unimitative forms. In the Doric temple, the triglyph and cornice are unimitative so no one would call these members beautiful. On the other hand, the fluting of the column was imitative in its origin so beauty is felt on it. the Doric capital is unimitative so Ruskin saw no beauty on it. In addition, the pointed arches are beautiful, because they are imitative member, they resemble the termination of the leaf. Ornament of the Lombard architects composed of right lines. Its contours resemble a very common salt so Ruskin thought it is beautiful and a good combination of right

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