Four questions about art

United Kingdom, 1979

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An examination of the role of art in society, which is built around a dramatisation of a lecture by John Ruskin. Ruskin poses four questions: how to discover the artist; how best to employ the artist; how to accumulate and preserve the work of the artist; and how to distribute it to the best national advantage. Reconsiders Ruskin’s Victorian age questions in contemporary terms by looking at such problems as art education in schools, the role of public galleries and photography as art. This film is sponsored by the Arts Council of Great Britain. Narrated by Jim Broadbent.

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Cactus Films


Edward Bennett



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United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Aesthetics

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Marketing

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Study and teaching

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and society

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art appreciation

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art in education

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art museums

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts - Great Britain

Crafts & Visual Arts → Photography, Artistic


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Art - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

People → Ruskin, John, 1819-1900

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain






16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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