Within the scenery of baroque Palermo, a marble monument was erected in 1661, celebrating Philip IV’s universalism. The “Nuovo Theatro”, as it was defined by Francesco Angelo Strada in his iconographic description, was actually conceived as a theatrical device, whose stage was the world itself, offering to the spectator and to the whole city a wonderful sight and , at the same time, giving emphatic evidence to the greatness of both the king and catholic faith. It featured an allegorical representation of the four continents as the expression of the entirety of the geographically known world eventually finding a synthesis in Philip IV’s figure. Four statues of kings kneeling down in chains look towards king Philip : they have been valiant leaders, once standing out for their resistance to the Spanish monarchy, but now they lie beaten, subject to the supremacy pf the Spanish king. Text and image provide here a narrative way in which myth and historical truth blur and places are unbounded spaces known in an indirect way through the filter of that imagination and of that cultural and religious tradition , mainly a product of the Jesuitical matrix, elaborating the mythography and beliefs between the 16th and the 17th century.
|Numero di pagine||28|
|Rivista||Rivista Storica Italiana|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2014|
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