Description by the artist
Favorita royal (the king’s favorite) is inspired by the decorations of the ” The Chinese palace ” in Palermo, the holiday home of the Bourbon kings. The double chromatic effect, orange and black, surrounded by floral elements present in the ceilings of the palace, also encloses other symbols such as Arab-Norman columns, Byzantine mosaics and curious Chinese spectators on the balcony, portrayed to admire this graceful triumph of colors.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
We are inside in one of the landmarks of Palermo: The Parco della Favorita created by King Ferdinand III of Sicily in 1799, at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. The Palazzina Cinese is a unique building in typical oriental style designed by the architect Venanzio Maraviglia in 1799 for Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, is located in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. It has pagoda roofs, turrets, helicoidal stairs, arcades and ogival arches. It has three floors and inside you can admire ballrooms, decorated halls, bedrooms and other environments often with architectural and decorative references in Chinese style. In the rooms used for the dependencies, that is, in those that once were the lodgings of the royal servants, today there is the beautiful ethnographic museum “Giuseppe Pitrè”. The work also features the Statue of Hercules (nineteenth century) which is also located inside the Parco della Favorita.
(photo) Palermo, panorama, Louis de Forbin, 1822