Palaces of Sicily

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This book is the first to trace the evolution and style of the fabulous homes that have been built on the island, from feudal castles to city mansions and country villas. It begins in the heyday of the Altavillas, the dynasty of Norman rulers who arrived in Sicily midway through the eleventh-century. They were open to the rich cultural influences of the island, especially the Arab koinS that melded so successfully into buildings such as the Palazzo dei Normanni (Royal Palace) and Palazzo Zisa. Sicilian ...
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Overview

This book is the first to trace the evolution and style of the fabulous homes that have been built on the island, from feudal castles to city mansions and country villas. It begins in the heyday of the Altavillas, the dynasty of Norman rulers who arrived in Sicily midway through the eleventh-century. They were open to the rich cultural influences of the island, especially the Arab koinS that melded so successfully into buildings such as the Palazzo dei Normanni (Royal Palace) and Palazzo Zisa. Sicilian residential architecture reached splendid heights under its Spanish rulers from Aragon and Catalonia. In this period extraordinary buildings, such as Palazzo Ajatamicristo, were constructed. At the height of the Baroque period, Sicily became a hotbed of orignal 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 Pa
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  • ISBN-13: 9788877432971
  • Publisher: Arsenale Editrice SRL
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.88 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Palace of the Normans, Palermo 28
Zisa, Palermo 46
Palazzo Chiaramonte (The Steri) 56
Castello Mussomeli 72
Palazzo Termine-Pietratagliata, Palermo 84
Palazzo Ajutamicristo, Palermo 96
Villa Filingeri di San Marco, Santa Flavia 106
Villa de Simone-Wirz, Palermo 116
Palazzo Butera, Palermo 126
Villa Valguarnera, Bagheria 138
Villa Gravina di Palagonia, Bagheria 148
Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi, Palermo 164
Palazzo Biscari, Catania 180
Palazzo Comitini, Palermo 192
Villa Camastra-Tasca, Palermo 202
Palazzo Trigona, Noto 214
Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, Syracuse 222
Villa Airoldi, Palermo 232
Villa Paterno di Spedalotto, Bagheria 244
Palazzina Cinese, Palermo 254
Castello Donnafugata, Ragusa 266
Villa Whitaker, Palermo 278
Villa Bordonaro alle Croci, Palermo 292
Casa Cuseni, Taormina 300
Villino Caruso, Palermo 306
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