Castello di Sammezzano VI, Reggello

2005, Printed Later
Archival Lambda Color Photograph

Signed, titled, dated and from edition of 5 on artist’s label on verso.

Available in 3 sizes: 100 x 120 cm. (39.4 x 47.2 in.), 120 x 150 cm. (47.2 x 59.1 in.), 180 x 225 cm. (70.9 x 88.6 in.)

Massimo Listri’s “Castello di Sammezzano VI, Reggello” captures the mesmerizing beauty and intricate design of this historic Italian castle. The photograph offers a straight-on view through a series of doorframes, each perfectly aligned, leading the eye through successive rooms. This perspective creates a visual tunnel that emphasizes the depth and continuity of the space.

Flanking the doorframe are mirrors that reflect the ornate, colorful walls, adding a sense of infinite repetition and enhancing the grandeur of the scene. The walls themselves are richly decorated with intricate patterns and vibrant hues, showcasing the Moorish Revival style that characterizes the Castello di Sammezzano. Above the doorframes on both the right and left sides, the text “Non Plus Ultra” is prominently displayed, adding a layer of historical and cultural significance to the scene. This phrase, meaning “nothing further beyond,” suggests a sense of reaching the ultimate or the boundary of the known world, adding a touch of mystique and allure to the castle’s ambiance.

Light streams in through the stained glass windows on the second story, casting colorful patterns and illuminating the intricate details of the rooms. This natural light enhances the rich textures and colors of the interior, creating a vibrant and dynamic interplay of shadows and highlights.

Listri’s photograph masterfully captures the essence of the Castello di Sammezzano, inviting viewers to appreciate the architectural splendor and artistic heritage of this remarkable site. Through his lens, the castle’s elaborate decor, historical inscriptions, and the play of light and reflections are all brought to life, offering a glimpse into the opulent world preserved within its walls.