The drawing shows the Piazza delle Erbe in Verona, looking along the square to the north-west. Two houses with frescoed facades (nos 21-3 and 27) can be seen on the left, as well as the late-medieval Torre del Gardello. At the end of the piazza is the baroque Palazzo Maffei, and immediately to its right the frescoed facade of the Case Mazzanti. Umbrellas shade a few market stalls to the left of the square; in front of the Palazzo Maffei is the Corinthian Colonna di San Marco (its statue of Saint Mark already removed); to the right is the Fontana di Madonna Verona; the canopy supported by four columns is the Berlina.
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
drawing: graphite with watercolour and bodycolour on grey paper