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

 



107 Pantaleone, Church of St.

Said to contain a Paul Veronese; otherwise of no importance.

 

108 Paternian, Church of St.

Its little leaning tower forms an interesting object, as the traveler sees it from the narrow canal which passes beneath the Porte San Paternian. The two arched lights of the belfry appear of very early workmanship, probably of the beginning of the thirteenth century.

 

109 Pesaro, Palazzo

on the Grand Canal.
The most powerful and impressive in effect of all the palaces of the Grotesque Renaissance. The heads upon its foundation are very characteristic of the period, but there is more genius in them than usual. Some of the mingled expressions of faces and grinning casques are very clever.

 

110 Piazzetta, pillars of

these two magnificent blocks of marble, brought from St. Jean d' Acre, which form one of the principal ornaments of the Piazzetta, are Greek sculpture of the sixth century, and will be described in my folio work.

 

111 Pietro, Church of St.

Its pictures, once valuable, are not hardly worth examination, having been spoiled by neglect.

 

112 Pietro di Castello, Church of St.

It is said to contain a Paul Veronese, and I suppose the so-called "Chair of St. Peter" must be worth examining.

 

113 Pisani, Palazzo

on the Grand Canal.
The latest Venetian Gothic, just passing into Renaissance. The capitals of the first-floor windows are, however, singularly spirited and graceful, very daringly undercut, and worth careful examination. The Paul Veronese, once the glory of this palace, is, I believe, not likely to remain in Venice.* The other picture in the same room, the "Death of Darius," is of no value.

See also Palazzo Pisani-Moretta for the current state of the building

 

114 Pisani, Palazzo

at St. Stefano.
Late Renaissance, and of no merit, but grand in its colossal proportions, especially when seen from the narrow canal at its side, which, terminated by the apse of the Church of San Stefano, is one of the most picturesque and impressive little pieces of water scenery in Venice.

See also Palazzo Pisani for the current state of the building

 

115 Polo, Church of St.

Of no importance, except as an example of the advantages accruing from restoration. M. Lazari ways of it, "Before this church was modernized, its principal chapel was adorned with mosaics, and possessed a pala of silver gilt, of Byzantine workmanship, which is now lost."

 

116 Polo, Square of St

(Campo San Polo.)
A large and important square, rendered interesting chiefly by three palaces on the side of it opposite
*["The family of Darius at the feet of Alexander after the battle of Issus." It was purchased in 1857 by the English Government, and now hangs in London in the National Gallery.]
the church, of central Gothic (1360), and fine of their time, though small. One of their capitals has been given in Plat II. of this volume, fig. 12. They are remarkable as being decorated with sculptures of the Gothic time, in imitation of the Byzantine ones; the period being marked by the dog-tooth, and cable being used instead of the dentil round the circles.

See also Campo San Polo for a map

 

117 Polo, Palazzo

at San G. Grisostomo (the House of Marco Polo)
Its interior court is full of interest, showing fragments of the old building in every direction, cornices, windows, and doors, of almost every period, mingled among modern rebuilding and restoration of all degrees of dignity.

 

119 Priuli, Palazzo

A most important and beautiful early Gothic palace, at San Severo; the main entrance is from the Fondamento San Severo, but the principal facade is on the other side, towards the canal. The entrance has been grievously defaced, having had winged lions filling the spandrils of its pointed arch, of which only feeble traces are now left; the facade has very early fourth-order windows in the lower story, and, above, the beautiful range of fifth-order windows drawn at the bottom of Plate XVIII. Vol. II., where the heads of the fourth-order range are also seen (note their inequality, the larger one at the flank). This palace has two most interesting traceried angle windows also, which, however, I believe are later than those on the facade; and, finally, a rich and bold interior staircase.

See also Palazzo Priuli for the current state of the building

 

120 Procuratie Nuove

Vecchie: A graceful series of buildings, of late fifteenth century design, forming the northern side of St. Mark's Place, but of no particular interest.

 
Jan-Christoph Rößler