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Cattedrale di Cefalù

Paintings Straw threads
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Description by the artist

I come from Castronovo, inland Sicily and I grew up with the colors of grain: from the green mountains of spring to the golden yellow ocean of summer. And from the ears of graint I invented my art. Artwork made with straw threads (grain and oats).
Unique technique in the world. Straw threads glued on light blue or blue cardboard; background made by hand in watercolor. The shading and depths are made using the same straw with lighter and darker shades and gradations.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Straw threads
Dimensions (cm): Height 40, Width 50
Weight (kg): 1.350
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

241 BC, Sicily was conquered by the Romans who replaced the Greeks by making Zeus, Jupiter, and so on for the other gods of Olympus. For Catone the Censor the island was “the granary of Rome“. Sicily alone exported about 3 million quintals per year to the capital. Even today, especially the center of the island, is an endless expanse of grain, as if it were sea, which makes it particularly characteristic landscape: deep green in winter and spring, and blinding yellow in the summer months.

The Cathedral of Cefalù (Duomo di Cefalù) is a wonderful construction in Arab-Norman style of 1131, built at the behest of King Roger. The large terraced entrance square and the two imposing towers dominate the square where the church is located. Inside, beautiful mosaics dominate the building. Among them stands out the figure of Christ Pantocrator.


(photo) Cefalù, Cathedral, Interior view with mosaics in the apse, cc 1840

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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