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Cercando Galatea

Paintings Acrylic on cardboard
Single artwork


Description by the artist

Polyphemus, son of Poseidon, in love with the nymph Galatea, dives into the Sicilian waters to find her and convince her to love him.

Details and dimensions

Dimensions (cm): Height 36, Width 48.70
Weight (kg): 0.432
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Acis and Galatea is one of the most beautiful legends of Sicily. It takes place near the volcano Etna where the one-eyed giant Polyphemus lives (the one who was blinded by Ulysses). He is in love with the nymph Galatea who in turn is in love with the Etnean shepherd boy Acis. Furious with jealousy, the giant throws huge boulders (the current Faraglioni of Acitrezza) against the shepherd boy, killing him. Moved to compassion the gods transformed Acis into river so that he could join the nymph Galatea.

(photo): Aci e Galatea, Antoine Jean Gros, 1833

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