John Ruskin The Stones of Venice

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The Stones of Venice

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John Ruskin wrote more than half a million words on Venice. This is an abridged version of his opus, which still contains the essence of his original work, for those who would appreciate Venice, architecture and Ruskin's fine writing.

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The Stones of Venice has been described as the greatest guidebook ever written. Read by all who went there and thousands who did not, it opened Victorian eyes to the glories of a city even then under threat, and transformed the study and practice of architecture forever. It took Ruskin almost half a million words to launch this devastating attack on the Renaissance, and to explain how to see and make true architecture. They were “glorious words, but too many,” as J.G. Links put it while preparing this edition. Links, himself the greatest exponent of Venice of the 20th century, designed this abridgement to convey all the excitement, urgency, and love of Venice to a new generation of readers. John Ruskin (1819­1900), theorist and painter, was the greatest and most influential critic of the 19th century. His writing on art, architecture, and social issues fills forty volumes.

This edition is edited and abridged by J.G. Links. Links(1904­1997), author of Venice for Pleasure, considered by many to be the second greatest guidebook ever written after Stones, was an authority on Ruskin and his circle.

“It is a book for the lover of architecture, the lover of Venice, the lover of lost causes... but, perhaps, above all, for the lover of fine writing.” (J.G. Links)

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