September 29, 2016
Here is the mature John Ruskin’s memory of his first visit as a young man to Venice and St. Mark’s cathedral square. He recorded his sensations of “this Holy Land of Italy” in an entry for May 6, 1841:
“Thank God I am here! It is the Paradise of cities and there is moon enough to make herself the sanities of earth lunatic, striking its pure flashes of light against the grey water before the window; and I am happier than I have been these five years . . . . I feel fresh and young when my foot is on these pavements.”
Young Ruskin would go on to write one of the greatest critical studies of historic architecture with the multi-volume Stones of Venice.
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