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Ruskin's Venice: The Stones Revisited

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review Ashgate, 2000. 206pp. £30

Ashgate marks the centenary year of Ruskin's death promptly in publishing Ruskin's Venice: The Stones Revisited. Some of the buildings and details that are included in the three volumes of The Stones of Venice are presented in recent colour photographs by Sarah Quill and accompanied by extracts from Ruskin's text. It makes an attractive enough guidebook though Ruskin is viciously filletted in the process, reduced often to a mere caption writer. Occasionally one of his watercolours is juxtaposed with Quill's photograph of the same subject to reveal the damage of the intervening years: for instance, the inlaid marble ornament around the apse of S S Maria e Donato (pictured above) that has now been lost.

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