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Description by the artist
Guerriera (Warrior, in Italian), oil on canvas 50 x 70 and recycled wood frame. My women are warriors. In a world where they are saved or chased, they choose to save themselves. Shining armor or simple iron … heavy to wear but easy to remove when it is worth it. From the Sicilian tradition of puppets was born this character that embodies our land and its women.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Moor’s Heads are a classic representation of artistic Sicily. The Moors bring us back to the Arab domination in Sicily (IX-XI century). The Muslim period lasted almost two centuries but it is the one that has left the biggest imprint, probably, in the rich history of Sicily. Not so much in the monuments (very few) but in the daily life, in the etymology of many words, in the dialect, in the uses and customs. Moors are typical figures which come into play very often in Sicilian culture as for example in the Opera the Puppets or in the legend of the Moor’s heads. They tell of a legend in which a beautiful Sicilian fell in love with an Arab at the time that they 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 a certain sense, the Arabs have never left Sicily.
(photo) A Sicilian mother with her daughter in Messina, 1951