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LIGHT AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE EMPIRE: A COMPARISION BETWEEN THE ROLE OF PROPHECY IN J. M. TURNER AND JOHN RUSKIN

Michael Mack

in Literature and Theology

Volume 12, issue 4, pages 390-406
Published in print December 1998 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 1998 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/12.4.390
LIGHT AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE EMPIRE: A COMPARISION BETWEEN THE ROLE OF PROPHECY IN J. M. TURNER AND JOHN RUSKIN

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In this essy I contrast Tuner's view of the artist Ruskin's theory of modern painting. Ruskin shares Tuner's vision of nature as a book in which we may read the word of God. In contrast to Turner, however, Ruskin interepts natural catastrophes as an emanation of divine grace. Whereas Turner belongs to Gnostic tradition according to which a demiurge sits at he root of life, Ruskin's lumen naturalis graciously communicates to man how should conduct conduct himself.

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