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

In The Stones of Venice John Ruskin describes this palazzo as offering “the most powerful and impressive in effect of all the palaces of the Grotesque Renaissance. The heads upon its foundation are very characteristic of the period, but there is more genius in them than usual. Some of the mingled expressions of faces and grinning casques are very clever” (11.328).

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.

Last Modified 19 March 2020