Catania

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The minor apse mof the right aisle is home to the highest concentration of votive artwork dedicated to St. Agatha .
The apse walls are completely frescoed and the floor is richly decorated. The wall decorations, gilding and all the decorative elements give the room a sense of triumphant theatricality.
dattaglio retablo della gloria di sant'Agata
Here we find the Retablo della Gloria di Sant’Agata (Retablo of the Glory of St. Agatha), the monument to Ferdinando d’Acuňa and the precious sacellum of St. Agatha.
The concept of scenography is found in these works. In fact, the retablo, a structure placed behind the altar, often focuses on events of the Passion of Christ, and served as a backdrop for the Holy Communion.

reliquiario di sant'Agata
foto alla cappella nel suo insieme
In the lower section some angels are depicted carrying the instruments of the crucifixion; in the centre we find the glorification of St. Agatha, or the same scene offered by Corradini in the fresco in the apsidal vault ; and on the sides there are St. Peter and St. Paul, while the four evangelists are placed in the upper section. The golden portal guards a veritable treasure .
The sacellum is the place where the remains of the Catanese saint are still kept today, in a reliquary bust and various anthropomorphic reliquaries kept in the Casket.

Piazza Duomo, the elephant fountain, the heart of the city

The city palace

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The senses tell the Benedictine Monastery and the Church of San Nicolò l’Arena

Barresi-Branciforte: the lords of the fiefdom and the modernisation of the town

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The Church of St. Paul

The Badia di Sant’Agata (St. Agatha’s Abbey)

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giuliano ai Crociferi

The city within the city

The Palazzo dei due mori

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

A heritage of votive works

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

The church and the college

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

Art in the cathedral

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

The church and the monastery

The expansion of space and changing reality

The Duomo di San Giorgio (Cathedral of St. George)

Verticality and dynamism of the façade of the Church of San Carlo

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

City and nature

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The senses tell the story of the Sanctuary Church of Santa Maria della Stella

The freedom of worship and the Catholic Church’s role in the diffusion of Baroque

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

The art of maiolica

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Geometry and wonder in civic architecture in the Baroque of the Val di Noto

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

Altars, saints and sculptural works

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Carlo and the former Jesuit college

The senses tell the story of the Church of the Badia di Sant’Agata

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The Benedictines’ library

The Church of St. Benedict

Views denied, views conquered: the power of the devout Benedictines

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Luminous sacred spaces

A casket of precious works

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

A stone garden

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The casket of austerity under the great dome

The eagle-shaped city

The senses tell the story of the Church of Santa Maria del Monte

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The articulated interior spaces

A Nobel Prize in Modica

St. Agatha and the candelore

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

The Staircase of Angels

The church of San Nicolò l’Arena: the majesty of an unfinished beauty

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

One city, three sites

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The neo-Gothic seminary chapel: symbols, light and space

Religious architecture

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

A story of rebirth

The interior of the church: space and colour

The palace, the town, the church

The two churches

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The new roads of the city

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

The Church of St. Francis

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The works in the church

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The interior and works of art

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The Franciscan convent

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio