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date: 13 November 2019

Amato, Paololocked

(b Ciminna, Jan 24, 1634; d Palermo, July 3, 1714).
  • Helen M. Hills

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(b Ciminna, Jan 24, 1634; d Palermo, July 3, 1714).

Italian architect, writer and painter. He trained as a priest in Palermo and entered the Padri Ministri degl’Infermi. Another member of this Order was Giacomo Amato, with whom he worked, although they were not related. While serving as a chaplain Amato studied geometry, architecture, optics and engraving. His earliest known artistic work is a painting on copper of the Miracle of S Rosalia (1663), the patron saint of Palermo. After 1686 he created many works of an ephemeral character. For the feasts of S Rosalia and for important political events he provided designs for lavish triumphal chariots, probably developed from those by Jacques Callot, triumphal arches and other ceremonial apparatus set up on principal roads and piazzas, and he painted hangings, papier-mâché models and massive altarpieces for the cathedral. These works influenced Amato’s permanent architecture. The spiral columns of the campanile of S Giuseppe dei Teatini, Palermo, recall the festival designs of ...

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G. Meissner, ed.: Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon: Die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker, 3 vols (Leipzig, 1983–90/R Munich, 1992) [see also Thieme–Becker below]