Description by the artist
In my painting Coralline my Sicily is represented as a woman. A face only with a firm, hieratic gaze, meant to highlight the personality of this very feminine figure whose eccentricity is underscored by the different coral earrings, one branched as found in nature, rough; the other worked, polished drop-shaped, long, like a tear. Woman strong and fragile at the same time. Her eyes are clear, cerulean, almost blue, like the makeup on her eyelids and like the three small circles on the side to symbolize the sea of our land that surrounds it and envelops it all. Coralline is a passionate, strong-willed young woman.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The processing of red coral is an art that dates back to the eleventh century, when the Arabs ruled in Sicily. Since then, skilled Sicilian coral masters have created real masterpieces, such as nativity scenes, necklaces, bracelets, liturgical objects … in which the coral is often coupled with copper, gold, lava stone. Princes, cardinals, popes and wealthy aristocrats were among the great clients.
Photo: Sicilian noblewoman, 1800
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