Verona from the Giusti Gardens, ItalyArtist:
, British, 1852 - 1917
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Frame: 388 x 292mm
Sight size: 210 x 129mm
Accession Number: CGSG00047
This is the view from upper terrace of the Giardini Giusti, formal gardens laid out in the late 1500s. Randal painted it for John Ruskin, who wrote that he wanted 'some views from the Giusti Gardens, or what other high sites you can get leave to work from.'
From this height, Verona’s towers dominate the skyline. The Lamberti Tower stands out the tallest here. This tower dates mostly from the 1400s. Also dominating the centre of the work are the square Scaligeri Tower and the taller, narrower Guardello tower (watchtower), dating to the 1370s. These form part of the Palazzo del Commune, government buildings in the centre of Verona. Other towers belong to some of the churches in Verona. Santa Anastasia is to the left and San Zeno in the far distance.
Ruskin greatly admired Verona both for its visual art and its architecture saying that it had ‘the most singular concentration of art-teaching and art-treasure’ in the world.