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Architecture and Royal Presence

Domenico and Giulio Cesare Fontana in Spanish Naples (1592-1627)

Author(s): Sabina de Cavi

Book Description

This book offers the first interpretation of Spanish architectural patronage in Naples during the reigns of Philip II and Philip III of Spain. The principal architecutral protagonists are Domenico Fontana (1543-1607) and his son Giulio Cesare (1580-1627), whose projects in Naples and Spain are set within the context of the cultural politics of the Monarquia Hispánica. Rather than being seen as resistant to habsburg imperialism, Naples ("the most loyal city") actually participated, on a number of different levels, in the imperial program of the monarchy. While focusing on engineering and secular architecture, this book also takes related projects into account, such as commissions for major public sculptures and one fresco cycle, as well as the restoration and reuse of existing monuments and spaces. In this book, Sabina de Cavi discusses the evolution of Neapolitan architecture in ca. 1600 in relation to Rome, Palermo and Madrid, and in doing so casts light on the local process behind public commissions, and suggests a tentative explanation for the delayed flowering of Baroque architecture in Naples.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0180-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0180-1
Date of Publication: 01/06/2009
Pages / Size: 530 / A5
Price: £59.99


Sabina de Cavi is an art historian and free-lance curator specializing in Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture, particularly in Southern Europe. The recipient of fellowships at the Istituto Italiano di Studi Storici in Naples, Columbia University, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome, she published extensively on the Italian Baroque, and curated an exhibition of eighteenth century Neapolitan Nativity Scenes ("presepi") at the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth in 2008-09. Her focus has recently shifted to Sicily and court etiquette in Spanish Italy. From September 2009 to June 2010 she will be postdoctoral individual fellow at the VLAC (Vlaams Academisch Centrum), Centre for Advanced Studies of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels with a new project on the Renaissance master of ceremonies Miguel Diéz de Aux.