Ca Rezzonico on the Grand Canal. Click on images to enlarge them.

In The Stones of Venice John Ruskin remarks that this palazzo is a “less extravagant [example] than usual” of “the Grotesque Renaissance time” (11.140), but in his later “Notes on Venetian Palaces” (11877) he indulged his penchant for invective, declaring the “Palazzo Rezzonico . . . the stupidest of the Pesaro type; its foundations mere Newgate, with no variety of size or fine placing of stones; its pillars mere heaps of cheeses' the brackets of its main balcony blank stones, doubly vulgar by the equality of their intervals; the lions with their tongues out at the bottom, feather helmets in the main story, and heads cut off at the third, equally stupid; and the ship’s cabin elliptical windows at the top as ugly in their mouldings and in their shape. It is the only building I know in Venice which is as bad as anything we do now.” (24.440).

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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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