Marchese Pietro Selvatico, born Padua 1803, died Padua 1890, challenged, as did Ruskin, the Classicist narrative of Art History. He contributed to the Guida di Padova in 1842 and published Dellí Arte Moderna in Firenze, Milano: 1843. He was Director of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice 1850 - 1857. Ruskin drew heavily on his guide book to Venice Sulla architettura e sulla scultura in Venezia dal medio evo ai nostri giorni.
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