Il capezzale in corallo trapanese nella cattedrale di Jaén

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Viceroys, nobles and clerics brought from Sicily works made in coral by the workshops in Trapani mainly. We found one of the first testimonies in the Mountain of coral that the Viceroy Fernando Ávalos gave away to Felipe II in 1570 and that materialized one typology of great fame in Sicily, to which even the traditional Nativities would adapt. The interest in coral objects was increasing and soon custodies, boxes, Crucifies, lamps, eucharistic coffers, etc. arrived, some of them with silver work made in Palermo. Among these pieces stood up the headboards or “capezzali” as those preserved in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in las Descalzas Reales or in the cathedral of Jaén. This one shows an original iconography, the Creation of Eve, and its arrival to Spain is related to the Bishop Andrade y Castro. It can be dated in the middle of the XVIIth Century and it shows great affinity with Saint Michael from Whitaker Collection and Saint John Baptist preserved in a private collection.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa catedral de Jaén a examen II. Los bienes muebles en el contexto internacional
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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