The Palazzo Loredan, about 1502, later Palazzo Vendramin-Calergi (though always spelled by Ruskin Vendramin-Calerghi), at Cannaregio 2040, Nadali & Vianello (1999) Tav. 16, is attributed to Mauro Codussi, died 1504, as perhaps his last work. At Notebook M2 pp.110 and following it is compared with the Scuola di San Rocco, and at Verona Book p.23 and Verona Book p.40 both buildings are cited as examples of the Gothic or Veronese Renaissance. See also Ruskin’s brief comments at Works, 10.144.
At Notebook M2 p.34 Ruskin refers to Sansovino (1663) p.387, where Sansovino explains the greatness of what he saw as the four outstanding buildings of Venice in terms of a combination of ‘artificio di pietre vive’, of the ‘magistero’ derived from Vitruvius, and of the expenditure by their patrons of ‘oltre a 200 mila ducati’ - ‘cioè il Loredano a San Marcuola [i.e. Vendramin Calergi], il Grimani a San Luca, il Delfino a San Salvadore, & il Cornaro a San Mauritio’.
Compare Sansovino’s comment on the principle of equality enshrined in the Lege Daula, cited by Ruskin at Notebook M p.110.
There is an account of the palace, and a photograph, in Howard (2002) p.144, where it is said to be the ‘first Venetian palace façade in which the classical orders expressed the whole structure’. She comments in her article in Grove that ‘one can sympathize with the patron’s wish to excuse his ostentation with the façade inscription ‘NON NOBIS D[OMI]NE/NON NOBIS’ (Deborah Howard, ‘Codussi, Mauro’ Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 3 July 2007, here.)
For a photograph and discussion see the paper by Roberta Martinis, ‘Ca’ Loredan-Vendramin-Calergi a Venezia’1998-9 from Annali di Architettura, published by the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Pallladio di Vicenza here.
Information and photographs available here.
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