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Ruskin Didn't Burn Turner's Erotic Paintings After All

I can think of few better ways to spend an afternoon in London than enjoying the art of Turner and Constable. Their discipline, imagination, and invention leaves me pretty much stupid with joy. After your first Constable, you don't go back to Rembrandt.

So I'm pleased to learn that John Ruskin, Turner's artistic executor, did not burn, as he claimed he had, Turner's erotic art. Ian Warrell of the Tate Gallery has done the research: Apparently Ruskin, while detesting the erotica, could not bring himself to destroy anything painted by Turner.

And the world is the better for it.

Full story
at The Guardian.

Via Arts & Letters Daily


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