The Court of the Ducal Palace, Venice

Ruskin, John

The Court of the Ducal Palace, Venice
3 0 c m
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm


The drawing shows the courtyard of the Ducal Palace in Venice, looking from the south-west corner. On the left is the facade of the Porticato Foscari, with the domes of Saint Mark's rising above it, and the monument to Francesco Maria I della Rovere, Duke of Urbino, on its right (Giovanni Bandini, 1587, installed in 1625); Antonio Rizzo's Scala dei Giganti (1484-1501) appears just left of centre, and his eastern courtyard facade (1483-98) occupies the right-hand half of the drawing. In the courtyard are two bronze well-heads, that in the foreground cast by Niccolò dei Conti in 1556, that behind it by Alfonso Alberghetti in 1559.

image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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