Le Dimore del Quartetto

PALAZZO AURISICCHIO, OSTUNI (BR)

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Palazzo Aurisicchio was built in the 1800s in an ornate neoclassical style and boasts an imposing façade caratherized by a smooth ashlar face, divided in two orders. In the lower order, paired Ionic pilasters define the façade, which around the portal develops an harmonic movement of surfaces with the paired Ionic columns. A similar movement can be seen in the overhanging trabeation, which alternates a smooth frieze in the wings with a rich bas-relief decoration in the overhanging surface above the portal.  In the upper order the statuesque scansion of supporting elements is realized by paired Corinthian pilasters on the façade’s edges, while paired Corinthian columns border the central window, in continuation with the lower movement of surfaces. The façade’s tympanum, particularly impressive, towers from an academic trabeation above in the overhanging attic.

The architectural elements of the palazzo are typical of an architectural language which rearranges, varies and contaminates neoclassical stylistic features into a new regular and measured arrangement. Even if the central portion of the building may look mannerist, the overall balanced decoration of the friezes above the portal and of the friezes above the upper windows are clearly classic.

The back of the building shows a more sober façade which overlooks an elevated garden, totally connected to the building by an elegant terrace. Rather sober in its dimensions, the garden of Palazzo Aurisicchio is a typical Italian garden and it is one of the most interesting examples among the urban gardens of noble mansions in Puglia.