McKeown, William Books

Dr. William McKeown is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Dr, McKeown recieved his Ph.D. in History and criticism of Art from Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Role of Venetian Renaissance Painting in John Ruskin’s Utopian Theories: A Sociopolitical History of Art
2011 0-7734-1508-4
“The book explores the importance of Venetian Renaissance paintings in the writings and political theories of John Ruskin. While the city and the architecture of Renaissance Venice has been extensively examined by Ruskin scholars, to date there has been little discussion on the influence of Venetian art on Ruskin’s world view. Nevertheless, Ruskin clearly placed a great deal of political and personal significance in the artwork of Tintoretto, Titian, Carpaccio, and other Venetian painters as demonstrated by his repeated references to these artists in his social writings and art criticism. This book examines important Venetian paintings and how their iconography and pictorial components relate to themes in Ruskin’s writings. From these paintings, the book argues that Ruskin found inspiration for the conceptualization of his ideal society in which society exists harmoniously under the laws of justice, obedience, and cooperation.”