Palaces of Sicily
This book is the first to trace the evolution in style of the fabulous homes that have been built on the island, from feudal castles to city mansions and country villas.
At the height of the Baroque period, Sicily became a hotbed of original architectural and decorative elements. During the rebuilding that followed the terrible earthquake of 1683, eastern Sicily gave birth to a whole new artistic vocabulary. In this context, suffice it to mention Palazzo Biscari in Catania. But Palermo was not to be outdone and sumptuous private mansions sprang up. The most notable of these was Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi. In the 18th century, taking holidays in the countryside just outside town became fashionable and buildings such as the magnificent Villa Valguarnera and the extravagant Villa Palagonia reached an architectural zenith.
The taste for Neoclassical style swept in at the end of the 18th century. But at almost the same time the great age of stylistic revivals started. This movement was to last throughout the 19th century. It came to an end with the advent of Art Nouveau, known in Italy as Liberty Style, of which Palermo became a leading exponent.
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Ajutamicristo Andrea Arab arches architect architecture artists attributed Bagheria ballroom baron baroque Battista Biscari Branciforte building built Butera Camastra castle Catania ceiling Chiaramonte coat of arms Comitini construction Cotardi court courtyard culture dated decorated depicting dining room documents Donnafugata drawing room duke dwellings eighteenth century entrance Ernesto Basile exterior Ficarazzi Filingeri fountains Francesco fresco gallery garden Giovanni Giuseppe Giuseppe Venanzio Marvuglia Gothic Gravina ground floor interior King Lanza located loggia main facade majolica majolica floor Mannerist marble Maria Marvuglia Messina motifs Mussomeli Naples neoclassical nineteenth century Norman Noto original painted painter Palagonia Palazzo Palermo Paolo Labisi Paterno period piano nobile Piazza Pietro prince principal facade renovations residence residential Resuttano rocaille Roccavaldina Royal Palace scenes second floor second half seventeenth Sicilian Sicily sixteenth century spaces structure stucco stuccowork style teenth century terrace tion Tommaso Fazello Val di Noto vault viceroy Villa Valguarnera Vincenzo walls wing Zisa