Cappelle di palazzo nella Sicilia del Trecento

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


In palaces and castles of Sicilian aristocracy, newly built or renewed during the 14th century, the presence of palatine chapels is a constant. Included among the spaces of the main building itself, or built in autonomous volumes but adjacent to the first, they contribute to define its rank, in an ambiguous balance between public and private sphere. In fact, although intended primarily for private use – of which, however, mode and frequency aren’t still precisely known – at the same time they are spaces defined with greater care and with formal choices that seem to pursue specific self-representation strategies, moving between exogenous models andlocal traditions. This contribution aims to analyze a selected series of examples, which includes among others the chapels of the two Chiaromonte palaces in Palermo and Favara, with a focus on formal and language solutions as well as on technical and constructive aspects. Finally, the typological theme can offer the basis of a broader reasoning, which can contribute to a new critical reflection on a season of Sicilian architecture weighed down for a long time by the historiographical prejudice, triggered after the splendors of the Norman-Swabian age.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)128-149
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Cite this