Piazza delle Erbe, looking South, Verona, ItalyArtist:
, British, 1852 - 1917
Material and Medium: watercolour and pencil on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 420 x 593mm
Support: 277 x 381mm
Accession Number: CGSG00031
This unfinished drawing shows the principal market place and administrative centre of Verona. Randal has completed the furthest two of the square's most dominant buildings: the gothic Gardello Tower, or watchtower of the Palazzo del Comune that dates from the 1370s and the renaissance Palazzo Maffei, which was built in the 1600s.
Randal painted the work for John Ruskin, who asked him to paint each end of the marketplace. The buildings here exemplify one of Ruskin’s comments on Verona’s architecture: ‘… [nowhere] is there a great medieval Gothic like the Gothic of Verona. Elsewhere, it is either less pure in type or less lovely in completion: only at Verona may you see it in the simplicity of its youthful power, and the tenderness of its accomplished beauty. And Verona possesses… the loveliest Renaissance architecture of Italy, not disturbed by pride, nor defiled by luxury, but rising in fair fulfilment of domestic service, serenity of effortless grace, and modesty.'