Author(s): GIUFFRE MARIA
Sicilian Baroque is the distinctive form of Baroque architecture that took hold on the island of Sicily in the 17th and 18th centuries, following an intensive surge of building in the wake of the devastating earthquake of 1693. The style is recognizable not only by its typical Baroque curves and flourishes, but also by its grinning masks and putti, and a particular flamboyance that has given Sicily a unique architectural identity. This magisterial volume is generously illustrated throughout with breathtaking photographs and original drawings and plans, bringing into vivid relief the fruits of an extraordinary flowering of architectural genius.
Contents: A Journey Through Sicilian Baroque; The Places: Pre-existing and New Plans; The Protagonists: Master Architects; The Works: Tradition and Revolution; Theory and Practice; The Thousand Faces of Baroque; Bibliography.
Mario Giuffre is a professor at the School of Architecture, Palermo University. Melo Minnella has photographed Sicily's artistic and cultural heritage for many years, and has published several books on the subject.