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Title:      Seven Lamps of Architecture
Categories:      Freemasonry
BookID:      45
Authors:      John Ruskin
ISBN-10(13):      9781944175290
Publisher:      Eric Serejski (Ed.)
Publication date:      2016
Edition:      New
Number of pages:      316
Language:      English
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We may live without her {architecture}, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. Ruskin.

John Ruskin was an English art and architecture critic who bolstered Gothic architecture and eschewed the design principles that developed during the Renaissance. His writings combine enormous sensitivity and human compassion with a burning zeal for moral value. In this essay, he introduces the seven 'lamps', or principles, of architecture, which are tied to seven moral attributes Ruskin believed to be inseparable from design. These seven lamps are Sacrifice, Truth, Power, Beauty, Life, Memory, and Obedience. These are the foundations for building with integrity.
It may benefits to approach his work alongside that of W. Lethaby and of A. Coomaraswamy. Lethaby looks at the influence of mysticism and nature while Ruskin sees art as an expression of the values of a society. Both provide tools for the Craftsman to broaden the investigation of the esoteric concepts associated with Architecture and Building, Art and Masonry.
As an aside, the attentive observation of the design of the book suggests itself being a mastership of architecture.

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