John Ruskin, born 200 years ago, was the greatest cultural critic of his age, writing beautifully and penetratingly not only on art and architecture, but also on society and life. But his writings teach us valuable lessons about how to perceive, protect and exist in our world today. Art historian and expert on 19th and 20th Century British art, Dr Suzanne Fagence Cooper delves into Ruskin’s writings and life, uncovering the dizzying clarity of his vision. Whether examining the exquisite and threatened carvings of a medieval cathedral or the mass-produced wares of Victorian factories, chronicling the beauties of Venice, or his own descent into old age, Ruskin saw life’s glories and contradictions vividly. Suzanne was a curator and Research Fellow at the V&A Museum for 12 years and is currently Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York where she is curating a major exhibition on Ruskin and JMW Turner. She is the author of Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and John Everett Millais, filmed with a script by Emma Thompson in 2014 as Effie Gray.