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Here indeed it would seem that the architect or architects must have had outside experience from further away than Rome or Naples. And from whatever direction, which is perhaps no more than natural, ignoring Noto that survivor which is palaces. Modica is not a town of promenades and climbing town of churches on terraces at the top of staircases. It the city nearest to them. It is a has not the feeling of absent clubs, casinos, theatres, restaurants, that is so Noto. There are old Catalan-Gothic doorways in both towns, and the steep streets are still of mediaeval appearance.

Here in Ragusa the dome of San Giorgio is manipulated with expert hand, but it is Httle in comparison to the invention lavished on the facade which is beautiful indeed by any standard, to be admired from below at the foot of the steps between the palm trees, where it upholds its golden front of fine columns and the stone flourishes at its sides that make a pedestal for statues, and above that up to the smaller, but similar whorls or flourishes below the cupola which surely yields a clue to origins.

Luca Giordano had studied under Pietro da Cortona who was one of the great masters in his line. If both Giordano and Solimena made both themselves and each other more than a little absurd by their facility of execution they are far from deserving to be neglected and ignored. Just as, indeed, any opera by Rossini or Donizetti is sure to contain good things and the music lover is to be pitied the fruit 18 Naples The Guglia del Gesu. Carvings over the porch on the diamond-studded facade of the Gesu.

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