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The Stones of Venice John Ruskin

The Stones of Venice By John Ruskin

The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin


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The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin

}It is in Venice, and in Venice only, that effectual blows can be struck at this pestilent art of the Renaissance. Destroy its claims to admiration there, and it can assert them nowhere else. This was Ruskins war cry as he entered the now almost forgotten Battle of the Styles on the side against the school which has conducted mens inventive and constructional faculties from the Grand Canal to Gower Street.But first the reader must know the difference between right and wrong; he must find out for himself the best way of doing everything. I shall give him stones, and bricks and straw, chisels and trowels and the ground, and then ask him to build, only helping him if I find him puzzled.Unhappily, both these exciting objectives were attained only after the expenditure of nearly half-a-million words; glorious words, but too many. For fifty years, The Stones of Venice was read by all who went there and thousands who could not; the sightseers whom the city captivates today seldom have its greatest guidebook with them. It is the aim of this new edition to put a fascinating book within reach of travelersactive or armchairwith limited resources of time. Much that was superfluous has been omitted; what remains is the essence of a now very readable and portable book. It is a book for the lover of architecture, the lover of Venice, the lover of lost causes, and, perhaps above all, for the lover of fine writing. }

Table of Contents

Book One; The Quarry; The Virtues of Architecture; The Six Divisions of Architecture; The Wall Base; The Wall Veil; The Wall Cornice; The Arch; The Roof; The Buttress; The Superimposition; The Material of Ornament; Treatment of Ornament; Part One: The Byzantine Period; The Throne; Torcello; St. Marks; Part Two: The Gothic Period; The Nature of Gothic; The Ducal Palace; Part Three: The Renaissance Period; Early Renaissance; Roman Renaissance; Grotesque Renaissance; Conclusion.

Additional information

GOR001356540
9780306802447
0306802449
The Stones of Venice by John Ruskin
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Hachette Books
1985-07-01
264
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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