Il cantore di Montalbano
Description by the artist
We are in the castle of Montalbano Elicona, and this evening a singer (Il cantore in Italian) is performing at the court of King Frederick II!
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Montalbano Elicona is a splendid medieval village, almost intact since the 12th century, in the northern part of Sicily. There is a beautiful castle, ancient churches, a fascinating series of stone streets that take you back to past centuries and a wonderful view of the Aeolian Islands. And then, there is a very tasty and renowned provola cheese!
Federico II of Svevia was King of Sicily from 1198 to 1250. At his court was born the Sicilian poetic school that gave, subsequently, the impulse for the origin of the Italian language. Frederick was nicknamed the Stupor Mundi (the wonder of the world) for his particularly remarkable culture and personality, multifaceted and fascinating, for better or for worse. In Sicily he built several beautiful castles, still in excellent condition, called castles Federiciani.
Photo, Montalbano Elicona, the castle, 1905
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