Children of Mother Earth
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Moor’s heads are a classic representation of artistic Sicily. They tell of a legend in which a beautiful Sicilian fell in love with an Arab at the time that he reigned in Sicily (IX-XI century), being betrayed by the Moor, she beheaded him in his sleep and hung his head, as if it were a vase, on the balcony, also adorning it with a fragrant basil plant that aroused the admiration of unsuspecting bystanders. In this painting the head of the young lady is adorned with some classic Sicilian fruits (prickly pears, citrus fruits, grapes), chilli peppers and jasmine flowers, one of the most characteristic scents of Sicily. His head is adorned with Mediterranean shells, a star and a seahorse. The Sicilian sun shines among them.
(photo) The Arab conquest of Syracuse (in 878), manuscript