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"Filled with thoughts of flowing leafage and fiery life": John Ruskin's Venice - Fragility and Flux

Kite, Stephen 2008. "Filled with thoughts of flowing leafage and fiery life": John Ruskin's Venice - Fragility and Flux. Architectural Theory Review 13 (3) , pp. 274-287. 10.1080/13264820802488069

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Abstract

Venice continues to hold the western imagination as the supreme embodiment of flow in human settlement. Indeed, in the second volume of The Stones of Venice (1853), John Ruskin (1819-1900) stresses the extremely narrow margins of tidal flux that made the city possible; if the tide been a little stronger, or the water channels deeper, it would have become just another walled city. It is the city's openness to flow and penetration that inform its erotic power. This essay focuses on Ruskin's passionately engaged ‘‘watching'' of Venice's stones, exploring how these themes of flux and flow inform his inimitable vision

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1326-4826
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:48
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/12334

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