Description by the artist
“The Baby Jesus lying down” (Bambinello disteso in Italian), is a very common subject in the popular art of glass painting and represents a symbol of Christmas, the Nativity. The painting was made with oil paints,it belongs to a series of my creation called “Vintage”, characterized by the use of frames and antique glass sheets and a process of “antiquing” of the painted surface, the result of a personal experimentation developed and refined over the years, which simulates corrosion and the fall of color giving the painting a realistic effect of “old”. The glass painting is an ancient painting technique almost disappeared, whose peculiarity is to realize the subjects according to a “specular” perspective, so that at the end of the work the glass sheet must be “turned”, to show the correct side that will be clearly visible thanks to the transparency of the glass. In order to obtain the correct pictorial result, the artist will have to proceed by superimposing various layers of paint, inserting, first, the decorative details of the subject, and then finish with the larger parts.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Among the various schools of glass painting in Europe and Italy, that of the Pincisanti (painters of saints), had a particular resonance in Sicily between the nineteenth and early twentieth century. These were craftsmen-artists who made paintings on glass commissioned by the most varied social classes and that were placed in homes, especially as bedside tables in the bedrooms. The saint or the religious scene to be depicted was almost always commissioned by the buyer in relation to a grace received or to some particularly venerated protector.
Photo Monreale, Interior view toward apse with details of mosaics and carved capitals, 1892