The Stones of Venice (book)

"The Stones of Venice" is John Ruskin's original three-volume masterpiece on Venetian art and architecture, first published from 1851-53. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, "The Seven Lamps of Architecture", Ruskin examined the city in considerable detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well.

The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian England, and the chapter "The Nature of Gothic" was much praised by William Morris.

External links

* [http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/9804 The Stones of Venice (Introductions) at Project Gutenberg]


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