One of the consequences of having an embarrassment of architectural riches is that things that are commonplace are treated with disregard.  This late gothic archway (which I think Ruskin would describe as sixth order) is just another piece of furniture in an alley of cable, crumbling stucco, rough brick and utilitarian metalwork.

Anywhere else and it would be noteworthy but when there’s so much to see, it becomes anonymous.  Even Ruskin fell foul of this tendency; his great three-volume commentary on the architecture of the city has the understated title The Stones of Venice.



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