“Esgrafiado segoviano” as an expression of the city’s regional tradition and identity

Daria Bręczewska-Kulesza



The historic centre of Segovia abounds in buildings with façades entirely or partially covered with sgraffito decoration. Consistently applied and developed over the centuries, this consistent form of façade decoration has become a distinctive feature of the architecture of the city and the region.The aim of the article is to investigate Segovian sgraffito as an expression of the regional tradition and identity of the city.      During the research, historical studies were carried out on the development of the sgraffito tradition in Spain. They allowed to emphasize the distinctiveness of this form of decoration in Segovia compared to other centers. A critical analysis of literature and sources as well as architectural and conservation studies was performed. In situ tests were also carried out, during which a rich photographic material was collected, necessary for the formal analysis of the tested decorations.         The article follows the development of the sgraffito technique in Segovia against a historical background. A brief analysis of the formal decoration was carried out based on the in-situ studies carried out by the author. Subsequently, the influence of sgraffito on the cohesion of the city’s architecture was investigated. Finally, it was considered whether sgraffito could become part of the identity and business card of the city. The article focuses on the decorative function of sgraffito as part of regional architecture. After analysing the historical and contemporary aspects of the development of sgraffito in Segovia, this form of decoration can be considered as a regional phenomenon, representing a factor for the identity of the city, which, together with the aqueduct, can become the symbol of Segovia.

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