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The old cloister

The old cloister

The old cloister (about 250 sq. m), pride and joy of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

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The conservatory recreates the fin de siecle sensibilitythat inspiredmuch of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.

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The "new" monumental edifice has come to us practically intact, both in terms of structure and furnishings. In particular the façade, which looks out on today's Piazza Cassa di Risparmio, is characterised by eight spectacularly large windows, topped by round arches. These used to fill the trading floor with light (called the "sala delle grida", literally the shouting room), which is our Kemonia restaurant today. The windows, perhaps over-generous with respect to the size of the room, sport gratings in fer forgé. These are superb examples of this minor art form, which thanks to the Basile-Ducrot partnership reached its zenith in Sicily.

foto il9002On the floor above is the room which once was the bank Board of Directors room (now our Ducrot Conference room): a perfectly intact jewel of European Art Noveau,. The coffered ceiling is carried over to a section of the walls without any visible break only becoming lighter to give space to the frames for six allegories of the arts and crafts, painted between 1910 and 1912 by Ettore De Maria-Bergler. He was a versatile and intelligent Palermitan painter who for much of his career was a member of Basile's 'team'. De Maria-Bergler was without doubt the leading exponent of nineteenth century Sicilian style, the only painter capable of effortlessly reinterpreting both the pastoral lyricism of Lo Jacono (his maestro and friend) and the themes associated with the "Vienna secession". This movement was based in the Austrian capital, where De Maria-Bergler's mother lived, and was led by Gustav Klimt.

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