Gardens in Venice, from Jacopo de’ Barbari’s magnificent Veduta
"I am on firm ground in rejoicing in the little garden directly opposite our windows and in feeling that the gardens of Venice would deserve a page to themselves. They are infinitely more numerous than the arriving stranger can suppose; they nestle with a charm all their own in the complications of most back-views. Some of them are exquisite, many are large, and even the scrappiest have an artful understanding, in the interest of colour, with the waterways that edge their foundations.
On the small canals, in the hunt for amusement, they are the prettiest surprises of all. The tangle of plants and flowers crowds over the battered walls, the greenness makes an arrangement with the rosy sordid brick.
Of all the reflected and liquefied things in Venice, and the number of these is countless, I think the lapping water loves them most.”