Ruskin's Venice: The Stones Revisited / Edition 1

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Overview

Of the many foreign travellers who have written about Venice there is none to surpass John Ruskin, the great nineteenth-century writer, artist and critic, whose massive three-volume work The Stones of Venice (1851-3) remains one of the most influential books on art and architecture ever written. Known and read all over the world in Ruskin's lifetime, the Stones surveyed the buildings of Venice and developed an aesthetic and intellectual argument which is still at the heart of the debate on the meaning of architecture and craftsmanship.

To mark the centenary of Ruskin's death, Sarah Quill has compiled an illustrated guide to The Stones of Venice, linking Ruskin's descriptions of individual buildings with a contemporary photographic record of the architecture and sculpture as it is seen today. It excludes interiors and paintings, concentrating on the exterior architecture and sculpture of Venice, all of which may be seen from the street or from the water without entering a building. Much of Ruskin's splendid prose is reproduced, together with many of his drawings and watercolors and a number of nineteenth-century engravings of the period. More than 200 photographs taken by Sarah Quill during the 1990s identify the details described by Ruskin and show the extent to which the city's architecture has survived, or changed, since publication of The Stones of Venice over 150 years ago. The opening chapter by Alan Windsor provides informative introductions to Ruskin's involvement with Venice, and to the periods and styles of Venetian architecture.

Ruskin, a superb draughtsman, wrote that he wished life were long enough to illustrate his books more fully. The photographs included in this edition redress that balance, and the modern reader will find that Ruskin is still an eloquent and persuasive guide to the architecture of this unique and fragile city.

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To mark the centenary of the death of Ruskin (the great 19th-century writer, artist and critic), photographer Quill has compiled an illustrated guide to the stones of Venice, linking Ruskin's descriptions of the exteriors of individual buildings with a contemporary photographic record of the architecture and sculpture as it is seen today. Together with a selection of Ruskin's prose, drawings, watercolors, and a number of 19th-century engravings of the period, Quill's photographs identify the details described by Ruskin and show the extent to which the city's architecture has survived or changed since the original publication of Ruskin's three-volume work on the subject. The opening chapter by art historian Alan Windsor provides informative introductions to Ruskin's involvement with Venice and to the periods and styles of Venetian architecture. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780853318958
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,029,410
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations 8
Preface and acknowledgements 14
List of abbreviations and text references 16
Ruskin and Venice 17
Ruskin and the Byzantine style of architecture in Venice 22
Ruskin and Venetian Gothic 24
Ruskin and Venetian Renaissance architecture 27
Before 'The Stones' 30
The Stones of Venice: Byzantine 41
The Stones of Venice: Gothic 76
The Stones of Venice: Renaissance 144
After 'The Stones' 180
Map 196
Glossary 199
Bibliography and recommended reading 202
Index 203
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