The Danieli Hotel (originally the Palazzo Nani-Mocenigo). Click on images to enlarge them.

In The Stones of Venice John Ruskin describes this palazzo as “a glorious example of the central Gothic, nearly contemporary with the finest part of the Ducal Palace. Though less impressive in effect than the Casa Foscari or Casa Bernardo, it is of purer architecture than either: and quite unique in the delicacy of the form of the cusps in the central group of windows, which are shaped like broad scimitars, the upper foil of the windows being very small. If the traveller will compare these windows with the neighboring traceries of the Ducal Palace, he will easily perceive the peculiarity” (11.395),

The Danieli Hotel on the Grand Canal and a detail of its façade.

Left: The Danieli Hotel and its neighbors on the Grand Canal.

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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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