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Stairway within the Palazzo Serra di Cassano in Naples.
Stairway within the Palazzo Serra di Cassano in Naples.

Ferdinando Sanfelice (1675-1748). Italian painter and architect of the Baroque. Born and died in Naples. One of the principal architects in Naples in the first half of the 1700s. He was a student of Francesco Solimena. He was known primarily for temporary displays and secular architecture. The former involve displays such as those set up for royal visits and births as well as for religious celebrations; the latter include a large number of family dwellings in Naples, including his own Palazzao Sanfelice, built between 1723 and 1728, and the Palazzo Serra di Cassano, finished around 1730. Most notable in Sanfelice's architecture are the staircases; rather than being incidental features set off to the side in a courtyard, they are moved to central and prominent positions and become important architectural features in their own right, often being double staircases. Sanfelice also worked on churches in Naples, among which are San Lorenzo Maggiore (Naples), San Giovanni a Carbonara, and the chapel of the Nunziatella. Image File history File links Cassanostairs. ... Image File history File links Cassanostairs. ... Events January 5 - The Battle of Turckeim June 18 - Battle of Fehrbellin August 10 - King Charles II of England places the foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London - construction begins November 11 - Guru Gobind Singh becomes the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs. ... Events April 24 - A congress assembles at Aix-la-Chapelle with the intent to conclude the struggle known as the War of Austrian Succession - at October 18 - The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle is signed to end the war Adam Smith begins to deliver public lectures in Edinburgh Building of... Adoration, by Peter Paul Rubens. ... Solimenas magisterial self-portrait, 1730 Francesco Solimena (Canale di Serino, near Avellino, October 4, 1657— Barra, near Naples, April 3, 1747) was a prolific Italian painter of the Baroque era, one of an established family of painters and draughtsmen. ... Stairway within the Palazzo Serra di Cassano in Naples. ... Courtyard of the monastery of San Lorenzo in Naples. ... Detail of the facade of San Giovanni a Carbonara. ... Nunziatella military academy in Naples. ...

further reading

  • Blunt, Anthony (1975). Neapolitan Baroque and Rococo Architecture. A. Zwemmer. ISBN 0302025847.
  • Ward, Alistair (1988). The Architecture of Ferdinando Sanfelice. Garland. ISBN 0824000951.
  • Morrice, R. J. (1983). "Sanfelice and St Florian: Indigenous Tradition and Staircase Design". Architectural History 26: 82-86+157-159. ISSN 0066622X.



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