Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France, by John Ruskin

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so much since this work was painted that it is no longer visible from Ruskin’s viewing point. I wonder how much the subject of this scene will change in the future?

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