Fortuna critica di un lemma architettonico inconsueto. Il gruppo tetrastilo del duomo normanno di Palermo. Prime riflessioni
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Critical luck of an unusual architectural lemma. The tetrastyle group of the Norman cathedral of
Palermo. First reflections
The unusual formal solution of tetrastyle groups of classical columns dividing the Norman cathedral of Palermo into three naves calls for further study. After investigating the adoption of similar combinations of supports during the different historical periods, I could read the spatial qualities imprinted on the interior of palermitan church, concluding that it is the result of a particular, syncretic cultural and artistic fusion. Following the research carried out, the tetrastyle solution of the Cathedral therefore remains unique and original, the result of the anonymous architect’s ability to combine the English linearistic taste of the new lords with the still lively taste of Arab Sicily, enriched by the echoes of a third component, classicist and latin, which chooses and groups reused columns according to compositional methods adopted in monumental buildings of the past. The successful architectural synthesis in this particular occasion has established the taste for column supports in the centuries-old architectural tradition of Palermo.