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The little fish in love

Paintings Acrylic on canvas
Single artwork


Description by the artist

A few words for this work, I wanted to represent the Moor’s head (in this case a young lady) at the bottom of the sea: kissed by a goldfish enchanted by her beauty.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 60, Width 60
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

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, pomegranate, grapes), chilli peppers and jasmine flowers, one of the most characteristic scents of Sicily. All around other characteristic elements of the Mare Nostrum (as the Romans called the Mediterranean): starfish, seahorses and colonies of red coral, very precious among the coral of the island

(photo) Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by the Arab geographer al-Idrisi in 1154, for Roger II of Sicily: Sicily is surrounded by the Mare Nostrum 

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