Book Cover ~ On Art and Life

October 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

On Art and Life, John Ruskin, Penguin Books, Great Ideas, 2004

What an ambitious title! But Ruskin’s beautiful descriptions do bring Art into Life  – and vice versa – I suppose… Have you ever read ‘Of the Open Sky’? (Modern Painters I, Part II, Section III). You will never look at clouds in the same way again – or rather – you will start looking at them.

“…And every man, wherever placed, however far from other sources of interest or of beauty, has this doing for him constantly… the sky is for all…”

I admire the talent of creating a cover that suits the content of the book and describes one of its main aspects in one glance and I think this one truly does it, blending Pre-Raphaelite and Neo-Gothic aesthetics. I also love that Penguin’s Great Ideas’ series has embossed covers that make these slim, simple-looking books so precious, adding yet another dimension to their exterior design. It’s so pretty!


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