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Museum installation of Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo, Sicily: side view of the bust of Eleanor of Aragon in the Laurana gallery

RIBA Ref No RIBA40662
Architect/DesignerLaurana, Francesco (c.1430-1502)
Scarpa, Carlo (1906-1978)
Artist/PhotographerORCH Orsenigo-Chemollo
Subject Date1954
Image Date2007
StyleModern Movement
MediumDigital image
Colour InfoColour
CreditORCH Chemollo / RIBA Collections
SubjectSculpture ; Monasteries & convents ; Museums ; Marble ; Restoration ; Conversion of buildings ; Colour
NOTES: Palazzo Abatellis was built in Catalonian Gothic style between 1490 and 1526 by Matteo Carnelivari. It was a Dominican priory from 1523 until 1943 when the arcade, the portico, the south-west wing, and the western tower were destroyed by a bomb. Carlo Scarpa recuperated the structure to house the Sicilian Regional Gallery in 1953-1954. The marble bust of Eleanor of Aragon was executed by the Dalmatian-born sculptor Francesco Laurana, also known as Frane Vranjanin.

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