Church of San Domenico

1737-56
Rosario Gagliardi





Dramatic two-story facade

The plan is an elongated Greek cross with shallow transepts and a dome over the crossing. The convex front has a curved central bay with blind windows in the side curves. The side bays (and portals) resume the rectilinearity that characterizes the church as a whole.
 
 
 

Baroque details: carved dogs finial, interlocking foliate volutes, inventive anthropomorphic capital

 

Left and center: side portal bay; right curved bay between the main portal and a side portal bay

 

Main portal

 

Portal details

Note the carved grotesque man entwined in foliage on the side molding (center).



Works Consulted or Quoted:
The Baroque Art in Val di Noto [official guidebook] Palermo, n.d.
Grady, Ellen. Sicily [Blue Guide]. New York: Norton, 2006.
Tobriner, Stephen. The Genesis of Noto. London: Zwemmer, 1982.


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