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Description - The Cultures of His Kingdom by William Tronzo

The Capella Palatina in Palermo, one of the best known monuments of medieval Europe, dates from the construction of the palace in Sicily of Roger II, king of Sicily in the mid-twelfth century. This book proposes that this royal chapel preserves virtually intact - and uniquely so - an ensemble of architecture and the arts of the period, and it sets out systematically to investigate every major component of the decoration and furnishing of the chapel. It propounds a new chronology for the edifice, which fixes a new frame of reference for understanding how the chapel functioned under the Norman kings. One of the major accomplishments of this book is to establish a plausible context for the appearance of Muslim elements in the chapel, like the great muqarnas ceiling of the nave. Rather than simply a quotation from a foreign culture for decorative purposes, the muqarnas ceiling was an integral part of a royal program that was devised under Roger II. For his successors, however, it was something of an embarrassment that needed to be manipulated. The change in emphasis summarizes the history of the Cappella Palatina: created as an exemplum of the great multicultural experiment of King Roger, it was reframed as a purely Christian edifice by subsequent generations in order to fit a concept of the 'Western' cultural tradition, to which the protean island of Sicily itself has also been made to conform.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691025803
ISBN-10: 0691025800
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 17-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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