Luigi Sturzo Gallery (formerly Palazzo Senatorio)
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Luigi Sturzo Gallery (formerly Palazzo Senatorio)

The primitive building was the seat of the Calatino Senate whose construction was begun in 1483 and completed in the following year. The author is unknown, but Giandomenico Gagini (500) and his son Antonuzzo (1569) contributed to its embellishment in the second half of the 1583th century. Following the subsequent transformations and catastrophic natural events, only a few but significant fragments remain, preserved in the Civic Museum at the Bourbon Prison. In 1584 the Palermo silversmiths Agostino and Giuseppe Sarzana supplied the bronze door of the Ark of the “Privileges” of the city, which is now also exhibited in the Civic Museum at the Bourbon prison. In 1589 the Neapolitan Scipione Di Guido carved a sumptuous coffered roof here. The earthquake of 1693 greatly damaged the building which slowly fell into disrepair until in 1823 it was transformed into a theater by the Caltagirone architect Salvatore Marino. Marino's work is currently identifiable in the facade, with the exception of the modifications to the entrance staircase and the opening of two side doors flanking the first, carried out in 1950. Marino's project remained incomplete, it was decided to entrust its completion to the architect Di Stefano of Catania, but also the latter's project was not realized. In 1863 the architect Giuseppe Di Bartolo of Palermo architecturally arranged the side elevations of the Theater, as they are visible today. In the first twenty years of the 900s, the architect Salvatore Fragapane created the beautiful rear elevation. In the 50s the building was completely modified inside giving rise to the so-called Galleria Luigi Sturzo. The building is owned by the Municipality, in the past it was also used as a Municipal Theater, currently the intended uses include: a Gallery with exhibition spaces, a Municipal Tourist Office, a bar. A panel of 82 square meters of ceramic, the work of Pino Romano, has been placed on the wall that rises above the portico. In the center, the emblem, also in mosaic of Caltagirone and, around it, the emblems of the nine Sicilian provinces.

 

Card insertion: Ignatius Caloggero

Photo: Ignazio Caloggero

Information contributions: Ignazio Caloggero, Web 

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