Best known as an artist and art historian, John Ruskin (1819-1900) became an outspoken social critic of the Industrial Age and a champion of diverse progressive causes, ranging from affordable housing to land conservation.  To mark the bicentenary of his birth, this exhibition explores Ruskin’s vision of a better world through original artwork, autograph letters, association copies, and illustrated books, in addition to other primary resources recently donated to Houghton Library by R. Dyke Benjamin, Harvard Class of 1959.  

Join us for the official opening of the exhibition, featuring a lecture, exhibition viewing and reception on February 13.

On view through April 13.

Visit Ruskin 200 for details on the international program of events in celebration of the bicentenary of Ruskin's birth.

  • Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Environmental Science and Public Policy
  • Visual and Environmental Studies
  • English
  • Business Economics
  • Arts and Humanities