John Ruskin (British, London 1819–1900 Brantwood, Cumbria)
Watercolor over graphite
Sheet: 18 1/8 × 11 7/16 in. (46 × 29 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1908
Not on view
Ruskin painstakingly depicted the shafts, capitals, and ogival lacework of Venice's most famous Gothic loggia. The red tinge to the first two shafts comes from the use of a different colored marble to mark the place from which sentences of death were proclaimed. Through the loggia, Saint Mark's Basilica is visible. Ruskin, one of the most influential voices in the nineteenth-century art world, had a lasting love for Venice; among his most influential writings was a lengthy study of its history and architecture, The Stones of Venice (1851-53). His impassioned advocacy of the Venetian Gothic was a significant source for Gothic Revival architecture.
John Ruskin (British); Arthur Severn (British); Sir James Knowles (British), purchased May 1901, for 32 guineas; his sale, Christie's, London, May 28, 1908, lot 357 (to Carfax for £33.12); Vendor: Carfax & Co. (British)Vendor: Through Roger Eliot Fry
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