Guerriero delle farfalle
Description by the artist
A flap of wings can change the world. A series of works that includes men and women defending the Earth. The faces are taken from real people transformed into Warriors with armor that recall the roots of our Sicily. A bit paladin of the opera of the puppets and a bit Chanson de Roland or Vikings because of the Norman blood that runs in our veins. Acrylic and stucco on hand-painted wood board, cm’s 40 x 62 x 1.
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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 of 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) Grapes harvest in Sicciuri alias contrada Ciarciolo, Pozzallo