Modica

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The interior of the church is clearly different to the austere exterior.ingresso verso abside
Though the architectural forms are more sober than in other Baroque churches, the decorations are sumptuous and cover the entire surface of the intradoses of the vaults, concentrated in the apse area.
dettaglio colonna marmo verdeThe interior space is divided into three naves marked by fourteen columns with Corinthian capitals and arcades leading to the apse, the central point of the church.
The vault of the central nave is decorated with sixteen painted medallions and frescoes depicting stories from the Old Testament by Gian Battista and Stefano Ragazzi, completed in 1780.
dett pavimentoThe side naves are defined by niches and altars luxuriously decorated with precious materials and separated by coupled columns , some in marble, others decorated in stucco. A pleasant lighting effect is created in this area thanks to the soft light entering from the lunette windows, which are also decorated on the inside.
The 1864 floor is made up of polychrome marble, white marble and black pietra pece where geometric designs and curvilinear decorations alternate with those of the vault. Also in this case, the different use of polished and opaque materials causes light to be reflected in different ways, thus creating multiple perceptions of the room in a continuous play of illusory effects.

A Nobel Prize in Modica

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The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The interior and works of art

The interior of the church: space and colour

The Benedictines’ library

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The works in the church

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

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The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

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The Church of St. Benedict

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

A casket of precious works

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The senses tell the Church of San Michele

The Church of St. Paul

A stone garden

The Franciscan convent

The two churches

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The new roads of the city

Religious architecture

St. Agatha and the candelore

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

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

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

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

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

A story of rebirth

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

One city, three sites

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

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

The eagle-shaped city

Art in the cathedral

The Palazzo dei due mori

The palace, the town, the church

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

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

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The articulated interior spaces

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

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

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

The Church of Madonna della Stella

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The church and the monastery

A heritage of votive works

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

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

Reconstruction after the earthquake

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

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

The expansion of space and changing reality

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

The city within the city

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

The church and the college

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

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

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

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

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

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

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The art of maiolica

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

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The Church of St. Francis

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

The Staircase of Angels

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

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

City and nature

The city palace

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Altars, saints and sculptural works

A unifying project for the city of Catania

Luminous sacred spaces

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

The casket of austerity under the great dome