Ruskin’s only notice of this church in The Stones of Venice appears in the tourist guide he appended to the last volume. There he remarks that it is “one of the ugliest churches in Venice or elsewhere,” and he continues rather puzzlingly: “Its black dome, like an unusual species of gasometer, is the admiration of modern Italian architects” (11.433). Apparently, the dome has received a copper covering since Ruskin’s day.

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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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