Ruskin seeks to provide an explanation and clarification at Notebook M p.100, with a diagram / drawing at Notebook M p.100L of the Ducal Palace windows with which he is dealing. He writes that Notebook M p.97 and Notebook M p.87 to Notebook M p.89 are concerned with what he calls the fourth window on the facade of the Ducal Palace facing the sea. The numbering of the windows with tracery starts from the lateral windows on the Rio Facade. That is explained at Notebook M p.94: ‘The First - let be that on the side of the palace towards prisons, and furthest from the sea.’ The first and second of these windows in Ruskin’s terminology are on what he calls the Rio Facade; the third and fourth on the front facing the sea.
Of the windows above, the furthest to the right on the lower story is what Ruskin calls the first window with traceries. That and the second are both on the brick-faced Rio façade. The furthest to the left above, on the façade facing the Bacino, is called by Ruskin the fourth window with traceries.
There is some slight inconsistency in the definition of the fourth window with traceries as ‘that next the centre’ at Notebook M p.87 and Notebook M p.97 and the definition of it on Notebook M p.100 as that marked ‘b’ in Notebook M p.100L and compare Notebook M p.101L. The problem is resolved by interpreting ‘next’ as meaning ‘nearest of the windows with tracery to the central balcony’.
Compare Palace Book p.1 on the third window; Palace Book p.2 on the second; and Palace Book p.3 on the first window.
Compare the references to Ducal Palace. Lateral Windows.
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