"than Ruskin would have attained to writing Modern Painters"
Self portrait by John Ruskin
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John Ruskin (1819-1900) was an English art critic, writer on social and cultural affairs, artist, and poet.

His Modern Painters (the first volume of which was published in 1843) was a defence and a celebration of 'modern' painters such as J.M.W. Turner, whose work at that time was generally considered inferior to that of the 'Old Masters'.