Statue of St. Mark (seen from the from the Piazza di San Marco).

Statue of a Griffin

St. Mark's, Venice

Ruskin uses this griffin as an example of the grotesque and the grotesque imagination, a topic he takes up in the fourth volume of Modern Painters and The Stones of Venice. He also includes a drawing of the griffin in one of his works.

Photograph George P. Landow, October 2000

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