Description by the artist
Mysterious profiles in black but enriched by a whirlwind of colors between Sicilian friezes and baroque fabric textures. This is the Mori (the Moors).
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Moor’s heads 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 In a certain sense, Arabs have never left Sicily.
(photo) The Arab conquest of Syracuse (in 878), manuscript