Architecture, materials and languages. From marble to stone and viceversa (Sicily 15th-16th centuries)

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Between the second half of the 15th century and the early decades of the 16th century architecture in Sicily offers a case of coexistence of two "worlds" related to techniques and languages linked to different cultural contexts: late Gothic and Renaissance according to the labels of traditional historiography. This paper proposes an unconventional approach that starts from a reflection on materials and professional prerogatives of the two groups holders of different project cultures, as a field of observation for the changing balance of power between them.If initially the stone is the field of the late Gothic and the white marble that of classicism and the two realities coexist, then - also thanks to the naturalization of the dynasties of sculptors "marmorari" – the two areas intertwine and hybridize, until the completion of the boundaries imposed by the materials used and the advent of local polychrome marble which is a prelude to the affirmation of a new language at the end of the 16th century.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)187-207
Numero di pagine21
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018


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