Explore how Ruskin championed the joy that nature can bring to our lives and the sense of awe it can evoke within us.

Ruskin’s passion for nature began in childhood with a fascination for minerals and mountains. Later in life he wrote at length about geology, botany and zoology, explaining how the study of natural history was central to his thinking around both art and architecture.

Ruskin believed an understanding of the natural world enriches our lives in many ways; for him, appreciating its beauty was just as valuable as any scientific knowledge. This exhibition celebrates how artists have captured the incredible spectacle of nature. Discover dazzling highlights from the Guild of St George’s Ruskin Collection, including botanical and ornithological studies and jewel-like mineral specimens, alongside significant national loans and new commissions by contemporary artists Timorous Beasties and Dan Holdsworth.

PaintingPrints & drawingsNatural history19th century artYorkshire

Museums Sheffield: Millennium Gallery

Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2PP

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