John Ruskin: The Stones of Venice - "Venetian Index" - O



105 Ospedaletto, Church of the

The most monstrous example of the Grotesque renaissance which there is in Venice; the sculptures on its facade representing masses of diseased figures and swollen fruit.
It is almost worth devoting an hour to the successive examination of five building, as illustrative of the last degradation of the Renaissance. San Moise is the most clumsy, Santa Maria Zobenigo the most impious, St. Eustachio the most ridiculous, the Ospedaletto the most monstrous, and the head at Santa Maria Formosa the most foul.


106 Othello, House of

at the Carmini.
The researches of Mr. Brown into the origin of the play "Othello" have, I think, determined that Shakespeare wrote on definite historical grounds; and that Othello may be in many points identified with Christopher Moro, the lieutenant of the republic at Cyprus in 1508.
His palace was standing till very lately, a Gothic building of the fourteenth century, of which Mr. Brown possesses a drawing. It is now destroyed, and a modern square-windowed house built on its site. A statue, said to be a portrait of Moro, but a most paltry work, is set in a niche in the modern wall.

Jan-Christoph Rößler