The Seven Lamps of Architecture

John RUSKIN (1819 - 1900)

The Seven Lamps of Architecture, published in May 1849, is an extended essay written by the English art critic and theorist John Ruskin. The 'lamps' of the title are Ruskin's principles of architecture, which he later enlarged upon in the three-volume The Stones of Venice. To an extent, they codified some of the contemporary thinking behind the Gothic Revival. At the time of its publication A.W.N. Pugin and others had already advanced the ideas of the Revival and it was well under way in practice. Ruskin offered little new to the debate, but the book helped to capture and summarise the thoughts of the movement. The Seven Lamps also proved a great popular success, and received the approval of the ecclesiologists typified by the Cambridge Camden Society, who criticised in their publication The Ecclesiologist lapses committed by modern architects in ecclesiastical commissions. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Art, Design & Architecture

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 00 - Preface and Introductory Todd Ulbrich
00:20:16
Play 01 01 - Chapter I: The Lamp of Sacrifice, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:35:54
Play 02 02 - Chapter I: The Lamp of Sacrifice, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:22:12
Play 03 03 - Chapter II: The Lamp of Truth, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:34:14
Play 04 04 - Chapter II: The Lamp of Truth, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:26:18
Play 05 05 - Chapter II: The Lamp of Truth, part 3 Todd Ulbrich
00:38:09
Play 06 06 - Chapter III: The Lamp of Power, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:27:13
Play 07 07 - Chapter III: The Lamp of Power, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:29:31
Play 08 08 - Chapter III: The Lamp of Power, part 3 Todd Ulbrich
00:27:27
Play 09 09 - Chapter IV: The Lamp of Beauty, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:26:15
Play 10 10 - Chapter IV: The Lamp of Beauty, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:25:09
Play 11 11 - Chapter IV: The Lamp of Beauty, part 3 Todd Ulbrich
00:27:52
Play 12 12 - Chapter IV: The Lamp of Beauty, part 4 Todd Ulbrich
00:26:38
Play 13 13 - Chapter V: The Lamp of Life, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:22:39
Play 14 14 - Chapter V: The Lamp of Life, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:22:10
Play 15 15 - Chapter V: The Lamp of Life, part 3 Todd Ulbrich
00:25:48
Play 16 16 - Chapter VI: The Lamp of Memory, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:31:04
Play 17 17 - Chapter VI: The Lamp of Memory, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:29:11
Play 18 18 - Chapter VII: The Lamp of Obedience, part 1 Todd Ulbrich
00:17:52
Play 19 19 - Chapter VII: The Lamp of Obedience, part 2 Todd Ulbrich
00:22:55