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'Examples of the Architecture of Venice' was a folio of plates first published in 1851 in connection with Ruskin's book on Venetian architecture, 'The Stones of Venice.' The preface to the folio explains that: ' Mr Ruskin has found it impossible to reduce to the size of an octavo volume all the sketches made to illustrate his intended Essay on Venetian architecture; at least, without loss of accuracy in detail: he has thought it better to separate some of the plates from the text, than either to throw the latter into a folio form, or diminish the fidelity of the drawings.' Ruskin selected 16 of his drawings of architectural details to be published as plates in a large format folio each accompanied by an explanatory text. This is a plate from the 1887 edition published by G. Allen. Ruskin informed his readers that 'the capitals seen in this Plate will give a general idea of the workmanship of the fifteenth century Gothic of the Ducal Palace' and encouraged them to compare it to previous illustrations noting that 'the Capital given in Plate 1 [1920P658] shows that of the previous century.'

  • Presented by the Executors of the Rt. Hon. William Kenrick, 1920
  • © Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Association Artist Organisation
Lithographer G Rosenthal -
Artist John Ruskin -

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Type Position(s) Method Date(s) Notes
J. Ruskin./ 15./ THE DUCAL PALACE./ Renaissance Capitals of the Loggia./ G. Rosenthal lith./ Hanhart imp.
Inscription below image Printed - Ink.
 

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