John Ruskin, one of the most influential art critics of the 19th century, wrote more than half a million words on Venice. This is an abridged version of his opus, which still contains the essence of his original work, for those who would appreciate Venice, architecture and Ruskin's fine writing.
Treatise on architecture by John Ruskin. It was published [originally] in 1851-53. Ruskin wrote the work in order to apply to the architecture of Venice the general principles enunciated in his The Seven Lamps of Architecture. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.
By linking Ruskin's descriptions of individual Venetian buildings with a contemporary photographic record of Venice's architecture and sculpture, this book highlights the extent to which the city's architecture has survived, or changed, since publication of The Stones of Venice over 150 years ago.