At a time when as much light as possible needed to be filtered from the outside into buildings, fanlights, set above the front door wings, played an important role for building architecture.
From the mid-twentieth century on, following more or less radical renovation work, many precious specimens, made of wrought iron or cast iron, were lost. Hence the desire to look back over the history of this artefact, which was already used on 16th century North European buildings and subsequently modified by changes in artistic taste and iron working technology.
FANLIGHTS. Light and shade in Italian houses from the 17th to 19th centuries
Ironworking and stylistic evolution of fanlights