Title: Santa Caterina a Galatina: un monumento per la "latinizzazione" della Puglia greco-bizantina o per le ambizioni autonomistiche dei Del Balzo Orsini?
Santa Caterina in Galatina: monument for the "Latinization" of Greco-Byzantine Apulia or the political ambitions of the Del Balzo Orsini dynasty?
Svatá Kateřina v Galatině : monument k "polatinštění" řecko-byzantské Apulie nebo demonstrace autonomistických ambicí rodiny Del Balzo Orsini?
Source document: Convivium. 2018, vol. 5, iss. 1, pp. 142-157
ISSN2336-3452 (print)2336-808X (online)
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Founded by the nobleman Raimondo del Balzo Orsini and favored by the papacy, the church of Santa Caterina in Galatina, along with its hospital and convent, has been interpreted as an instrument for the "latinization" of Greek-Byzantine Apulia. Certain aspects of the institution’s history, however, as well as its architecture and decoration, point to a different objective of the founding dynasty. By building and decorating the church in an unprecedented style that combined local traditions with new elements – while taking into account prominent dynastic foundations of southern Italy and importing significant relics from the Holy Land – the Del Balzo Orsini created a religious, political, and charitable center of high prestige and unique character that made visible the de facto sovereignty of the dynasty rivaling the crown of Naples.