Journal title SOCIETÀ E STORIA
Author/s Christopher Calefati
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2021/174 Language Italian
Pages 24 P. 700-723 File size 228 KB
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The article aims to analyze the iconoclastic violence during the revolution of 1848-49 in the Apulian provinces. The essay is focused on symbolic practices of political dissent, which are directed against royal icons with the aim of taking spaces of action. The presence of a Bourbon regime in the Two Sicilies’ was marked by a wide repertoire of busts, statues and portraits, which became vulnerable targets for the protests against the king. The iconoclastic pattern is analyzed in its political meaning, that is the evolution of popular rituals which were used as means to resolve local struggles and which, during the nineteenth century, took on an important communicative aspect. The final break of political relations between the monarchy and local élites, after the events of the 15th of May in Naples, led to attempts to free the provinces’ public space from royal symbols and to the establishment of new political ideas and forms aiming to associate the majority of the population with the symbolic execution of the king.
Keywords: Iconoclasm, 1848 Revolution, South of Italy, visual culture, political violence.
Christopher Calefati, «Gli abbiamo tagliato la testa». Repertori e attori dell’iconoclastia politica nelle Puglie del 1848-49 in "SOCIETÀ E STORIA " 174/2021, pp 700-723, DOI: 10.3280/SS2021-174002