Tuesday, May 31, 2011


We deal with colour as with sound – so far ruling the power of the light, as we rule the power of the air, producing beauty not necessarily imitative, but sufficient in itself, so that, wherever colour is introduced, ornamentation may cease to represent natural objects, and may consist in mere spots, or bands, or flamings, or any other condition of arrangement favourable to the colour.
John Ruskin,  Lectures on Architecture and Painting, Routledge, London, 1854: p.p. 102-103.

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