Magnifici sette. L’emblematica zoomorfa di Santa Croce a Lecce - Alessandro Savorelli, Marcello Semeraro - Vita e Pensiero - Articolo Storia della Chiesa Vita e Pensiero

Magnifici sette. L’emblematica zoomorfa di Santa Croce a Lecce

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Rivista RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA CHIESA IN ITALIA
Fascicolo RIVISTA DI STORIA DELLA CHIESA IN ITALIA - 2022 - 1
Titolo Magnifici sette. L’emblematica zoomorfa di Santa Croce a Lecce
The Magnificent Seven. The Zoomorphic Emblematics of Santa Croce in Lecce
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Editore Vita e Pensiero
Formato Articolo | Pdf
Online da 07-2022
Doi 10.26350/001783_000119
Issn 0035-6557 (stampa) | 1827-790X (digitale)
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This essay provides an alternative interpretation on the architectural elements supporting the balcony adorning the façade of the basilica of Santa Croce in Lecce, the most important example of the local baroque style. Whereas the  decoration of the façade was completed in 1646, the realization of the balcony dates to an uncertain period starting from 1582, but there is a lack of fully documented sources on its iconographic design. The large stone architectural  figures (seven animals and six telamons) supporting the balcony were interpreted on the basis of a demonic symbolism, hence as heraldic symbols related to the celebration of the battle of Lepanto. Instead, the heraldic data-based  interpretation proposed herein discusses them as a memorial of regal, feudal and historical emblematics, in the context of which the Habsburg-Spanish item alludes to the «royal» status of the Celestine monastery, thus contributing
to the religious meaning of the work.

keywords

Basilica of Santa Croce – Heraldry – Emblematics – Iconology – Lecce – 16th-17th centuries

Biografia degli autori

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (alessandro.savorelli@gmail.com).

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