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John Ruskin: The Stones of Venice
  • Publisher Pallas Athene
  • Size 14 x 21.4cm
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John Ruskin: The Stones of Venice

J. G. Links (1904-1997)

Title to accompany John Ruskin | Artist and Observer, National Galleries of Scotland exhibition from 4th July − 28th September 2014 at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

The Stones of Venice has been described as the greatest guidebook ever written. Read by all who went there and thousands who did not, it opened Victorian eyes to the glories of a city even then under threat, and transformed the study and practice of architecture for ever.

It took Ruskin almost half a million words to launch his devastating attack on the Renaissance - 'the school which has conducted men's inventive and constructional faculties from the Grand Canal to Gower Street' and to explain how to see and make true architecture. They were 'glorious words, but too many,' as J. G. Links put it while preparing this edition. Links, himself the greatest exponent of Venice of the twentieth century, designed this abridgement to convey all the excitement, urgency, love of Venice and unmatchedly beautiful prose to a new generation of readers.

272 pp illustrated with diagrams and sketches
Introduction index
pbk 140 by 215mm portrait


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