The Stones of Venice, volume 1 cover

The Stones of Venice, volume 1

John Ruskin

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 1
3. 02 - Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 2
4. 03 - Chapter 01, The Quarry, part 3
5. 04 - Chapter 02, The Virtues of Architecture
6. 05 - Chapter 03, The Six Divisions of Architecture
7. 06 - Chapter 04, The Wall Base
8. 07 - Chapter 05, The Wall Veil
9. 08 - Chapter 06, The Wall Cornice
10. 09 - Chapter 07, The Pier Base
11. 10 - Chapter 08, The Shaft
12. 11 - Chapter 09, The Capital
13. 12 - Chapter 10, The Arch Line
14. 13 - Chapter 11, The Arch Masonry
15. 14 - Chapter 12, The Arch Load
16. 15 - Chapter 13, The Roof
17. 16 - Chapter 14, The Roof Cornice
18. 17 - Chapter 15, The Buttress
19. 18 - Chapter 16, Form of Aperture
20. 19 - Chapter 17, Filling of Aperture
21. 20 - Chapter 18, Protection of Aperture
22. 21 - Chapter 19, Superimposition
23. 22 - Chapter 20, The Material of Ornament, part 1
24. 23 - Chapter 20, The Material of Ornament, part 2
25. 24 - Chapter 21, Treatment of Ornament, part 1
26. 25 - Chapter 21, Treatment of Ornament, part 2
27. 26 - Chapter 22, The Angle
28. 27 - Chapter 23, The Edge and Fillet
29. 28 - Chapter 24, The Roll and Recess
30. 29 - Chapter 25, The Base
31. 30 - Chapter 26, The Wall Veil and Shaft
32. 31 - Chapter 27, The Cornice and Capital, part 1
33. 32 - Chapter 27, The Cornice and Capital, part 2
34. 33 - Chapter 28, The Archivolt and Aperture
35. 34 - Chapter 29, The Roof
36. 35 - Chapter 30, The Vestibule

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The Stones of Venice is a three-volume treatise on Venetian art and architecture by English art historian John Ruskin, first published from 1851 to 1853. Intending to prove how the architecture in Venice exemplified the principles he discussed in his earlier work, The Seven Lamps of Architecture, Ruskin examined the city in detail, describing for example over eighty churches. He discusses architecture of Venice's Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance periods, and provides a general history of the city as well. The book aroused considerable interest in Victorian Britain and beyond. The chapter "The Nature of Gothic" (from volume 2) was admired by William Morris, who published it separately in an edition which is in itself an example of Gothic revival. It inspired Marcel Proust; the narrator of the Recherche visits Venice with his mother in a state of enthusiasm for Ruskin. The Stones of Venice is considered one of the most influential books of the 19th century.