Catania

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

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The illusion of marble: marble stucco

Marble stucco is an ancient technique that tends to imitate marble and is far cheaper.
The finish of this type of stucco can be of such high quality that it is indistinguishable from natural marble.

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The illusion of movement

The interior of the church creates a continuously moving illusory effect thanks to some of its characteristic elements: the lateral arcades, the vault and the apse arcade seems to bring the gaze towards the altar.
With its countless stuccoes and frescoes, the vault creates the sensation of participating in a whirling motion where art and architecture interact.
Nothing seems motionless in this space and there is a continuous tension throughout.

The Benedictines’ library

Militello: The story of an enlightened fiefdom

From the end of the world to rebirth from the rubble

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

A new site for the church of San Giorgio

The Monastery of the Benedictine nuns

The works in the church

Unusual iconographies: the Burgos crucifix

The illusion of light and the decorative splendour

The city palace

One city, three sites

The church and the monastery

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

The city within the city

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

The Church of St. Benedict

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

A Nobel Prize in Modica

A compromise between Neoclassicism and Baroque

The articulated interior spaces

The city of Modica, a balance between nature and urbanism

The senses tell the Church of San Michele

Scicli, the city of Baroque scenery

The senses tell the Cathedral of San Giorgio

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

The senses tell of Palazzo della Cancelleria

The Madonna dei Conadomini and the art of devotion

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

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

The Antonino Uccello Birthplace Museum

Art in the cathedral

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

A heritage of votive works

The Staircase of Angels

The beginning of an authentic Baroque conception

A unifying project for the city of Catania

The Palazzo dei due mori

The two churches

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

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

Akrai and Syracuse: an unbreakable bond

The senses tell the Cathedral of Sant’Agata

The senses tell about Palazzo Trigona

Baroque creativity: recurring themes

Palazzo Zacco, a balance between sobriety and decoration

A stone garden

The Church of St. Julian on Via dei Crociferi

The Church of St. Francis

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

City and nature

The Church of Madonna della Stella

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Paolo

Palazzo della Cancelleria: from former stable to the Nicastro family

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

The church and the college

The eagle-shaped city

The triumph of Baroque: expansion of spaces

The new roads of the city

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

St. Agatha and the candelore

The interior of the church: space and colour

Scenography, lights and colours of the cathedral

The art of maiolica

The senses tell about Palazzo Beneventano

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

The senses tell about Palazzo Ducezio

The palace, the town, the church

Baroque and the loss of balance in the 16th century

Expansion, spatiality and light in the church of San Domenico

A casket of precious works

Madonna of the Militia: a singular warrior virgin

Garden of Novices and the restorations by Giancarlo De Carlo

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

The Church of St. Mary of the Mountain

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

Fountain of the Nymph Zizza: public water in the town

Altars, saints and sculptural works

The expansion of space and changing reality

The senses tell the Church of San Domenico

The Franciscan convent

The casket of austerity under the great dome

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

Religious architecture

Reconstruction after the earthquake

The interiors: diffused light and Byzantine relics

The Church of St. John the Evangelist

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

The senses tell of the Cathedral of San Pietro

The smallest Greek theatre in the world

The senses tell about Palazzo Zacco

Rebirth and urban planning of the city of Noto

San Domenico and Gagliardi’s work

The Infiorata of Noto, a modern tradition

The Church of St. Paul

A story of rebirth

Virtuosity, decorations and altars

The senses tell the story of the Church of San Benedetto

Expanded spaces, stucco and colourful lights

Palazzo Trigona: a building with a complex shape

The interior and works of art

The dynamics of the Church of San Michele

Majestic exteriors, grandiose interiors

The Monte delle Prestanze in the new city layout

Palazzo Trigona di Canicarao

Luminous sacred spaces