The Palazzo Corner Spinelli on the Grand Canal seen from two angles.. Click on images to enlarge them.

In the last volume of The Stones of Venice John Ruskin praises this “graceful and interesting example of the early Renaissance, remarkable for its pretty circular balconies” (11.369), and in the later “Notes on Venetian Palaces” he describes it as “on the whole, the finest Renaissance palace in Venice,” though he criticizes its “Newgate lower story” — that is, it resembled Newgate Prison in London. Nonetheless,   he finds it “very fine in the irregular insertion of its six windows” (24.441).

The Palazzo and its neighbors.

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.

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