Address: Via Tanturri, Scanno

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Description

The building, located on a corner, is actually formed by two buildings, characterized by a marked difference in style that would confirm the hypothesis of different construction phases. The part which overlooks the piazza has elegant 18th century decorations while the other section, positioned along the slope, appears to be more modest.
The main body, which is the more artistically significant, is divided into three floors and has an asymmetric facade, completely plastered and crowned by a precious stucco frieze. The elaborately carved corbels in the form of angels’ heads, which alternate with panels with pairs of putti dancing in relief, are the unifying element of the entire building.
The impressive façade is dominated by the entrance portal which is rich in typically Baroque decorative elements. The arch is framed by pilasters and decorated on the key stone with the head of a winged angel at the base, within a trapezoid up to the edges of the frame.  This element is repeated in the capitals of the pilasters, above which are cubes which support a curved broken tympanum. Two scrolls with plant motifs link up to the gable and a carved section concludes the structured composition, in which there is a coat of arms, traditionally considered the of the Di Salvo family, engraved with the date of construction of the portal of 1773. On a shield is carved a female figure bearing a cross in her left hand and in the other a chalice with the host. According to some, the representation alludes to the profession of the notary Theopista.   Others suggest it represents ethical and religious values ​​shared by several owners over time.
The windows placed above the portal, as well as the balconies on the right-hand side and on the side elevation, are softened at the top by variously decorated frames.

Historical Notes

Located at the intersection of Via Vincenzo Tanturri and Via Giuseppe Tanturri, with the main facade looking onto Piazza San Rocco, Palazzo Mosca is one of the best examples of a noble residence found in Scanno. Little is known about the date of the building, of of the original owners. Tradition has it that it was built in the 16th century - as shown by the date 1564 on the lintel of one of the side doors - at the behest of the Di Salvo family who were barons of Castrovalva until 1623. The presence of the name ‘Theopista’, however, engraved on the lintel of a window on the side of the slope, has led some to believe that it was built for the rich notary Donato Theopista, then sold on to the Di Salvos. According to another hypothesis - made by a local scholar and based on the interpretation of certain deeds - the building dates back to the second half of the 17th century, as suggested by the date 1657 engraved on another window overlooking the courtyard. In the 18th century the building was embellished with Baroque decorations and the great entrance portal from 1773 was built. The friezes that decorate the windows and balconies of the main façade, and the graceful Rococo balconies on the top floor of the front elevation, are from this period. The family of Di Salvo died out and the house was later purchased by Gregorio Mosca, from Pescocostanzo, hence the current name of the building, which houses several private houses and a workshop in the basement.