Ruskin On Appearances


"Third, having learned to represent actual appearances faithfully, if you have any human faculty of your own, visionary appearances will take place to you which will be nobler and more true than any actual or material appearances; and the realization of these is the function of every fine art, which is founded absolutely, therefore, in truth, and consists absolutely in imagination."

The Art Criticism of John Ruskin, Robert L. Herbert (1964)