LE SCALE DEI COMPLESSI CONVENTUALI NELLA SICILIA DEL SEICENTO: MAGNIFICENZA E ARTIFICIO TECNICO

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Abstract

The essay discusses convent staircases built during the seventeenth century in certain Sicilian towns through the examination of some case studies. The issue is significant in determining the contribution made by Sicilian architecture to the broader proliferation of monumental staircases throughout Italy, Spain, and Europe. The selected cases feature spatial configurations and plans inspired by prior civil architecture, as well as an original range of new solutions. Many of the examined works combined a need for distribution to interface with the annexed cloisters, and evident aspirations of principals and designers to make these staircases representative and distinctive by creating scenic effects and using technical artifices. These spectacular displays of magnificence were not isolated phenomena. Indeed, many religious communities around Europe were adopting equally effective rhetorical devices and in this context Spanish imperial staircases came to play a leading role in the seventeenth century. Some Sicilian works, quite unique and sophisticated in terms of composition and building techniques, have not yet been studied and still lack documentary evidence revealing the names of the architects. Other more modern solutions manifest the attention of local architects to coeval national and international creations.
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)157-166
Number of pages10
JournalArs Longa
Volume25
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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