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This review is from: Ruskin on Venice: 'The Paradise of Cities' (Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art) (Hardcover)
This is a scholarly affair; the bibliography alone stretches to fifteen pages!
If you are looking for a 'coffee table' book to guide you through Ruskin's glorious writings about Venice, this will almost certainly miss the mark. Instead Robert Hewison has written a densely argued interpretation of Ruskin's life, focusing on the factors that helped shape his changing opinions of Venice.
If you can live with Hewison's slightly forced erudition - words like synechdoche and historiography abound - and are are a keen Ruskin scholar then this will do nicely.
My three star rating stems not from the text but from a disappointment with the published book itself. Many of the images have blocked up shadow detail; the typesetting (in Bembo?) is rather ugly with erratic wordspacing and frankly poor kerning; and there's a howler of a mistake in which a full-page reproduction of Ruskin's gorgeous watercolour of the Palazzo Dario is printed as a mirror image.
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