The Palazzo as viewed from the bridge to the Academia. Click on images to enlarge them.

In The Stones of Venice John Ruskin describes it as “an imposing pile, on the Grand Canal, of Renaissance Gothic, but of little merit in the details; and the effect of its traceries has been of late destroyed by the fittings of modern external blinds. Its balconies are good, of the later Gothic type” (11.296). In “The Cavalli Monuments in the Church of Saint Anastasia, Verona” (1872) he mentions that this “palace has been the principal material from which recent searchers for the picturesque in Venice compose pictures of the grand canal” (24.133).

Details of the façade. Windows on the two upper stories at left and the ground floor with doorway at right.

The Palazzo Barbaro is at the viewer’s right.

More of Ruskin's Venice

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Ruskin, John. The Works. Ed. E. T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn. “The Library Edition.” 39 vols. London: George Allen,1903-1912.

Last Modified 19 March 2020