The incredible mosaic floors at the Ca’ d’Oro, Venice. Spent an hour and a half in there virtually alone. According to Ruskin it’s a shadow of its former self, but it is still an exquisitely beautiful building.
Named after the gilding originally applied to its decorative carving, the Ca’ d’Oro was built between 1420 and 1434. In the ‘Venetian Index’ to The Stones of Venice (1853), Ruskin describes it as “a noble pile of very quaint Gothic, once superb in general effect, but now destroyed by restorations. I saw the beautiful slabs of red marble, which formed the bases of its balconies, and were carved into noble spiral mouldings of strange sections, half a foot deep, dashed to pieces when I was last in Venice [1851-2]; its glorious interior staircase, by far the most interesting Gothic monument of the kind in Venice, had been carried away, piece by piece, and sold for waste marble, two years before. Of what remains, the most beautiful portions are, or were, when I last saw them, the capitals of the windows in the upper storey, most glorious sculpture of the fourteenth century.” #venice
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