The Cathedral of Palermo
Description by the artist
Watercolor dedicated to the Cathedral of Palermo, a place rich in history in the heart of the city. I chose an unusual view, from the roofs where the street noises are muffled and a breathtaking view opens up to the sea. The watercolor technique allows you to capture reality in a fresh and extemporaneous way and is part of the story of a special trip to my Sicily through images in an illustrated narrative path that starts from the direct relationship of the places visited.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Palermo is a unique city in the world because it is really bizarre the clear and palpable feeling, for those who visit it, to walk inside a centrifuge of millenary history, where traces of cultures and architectures Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Aragonese etc. overlap each other sometimes creating completely new architectural styles or simply designed by chance, which continuously evoke emotions to those who visit it. From this city, as from all Sicily, the Muslim domination seems never to have left but to be constantly latent, subliminal. The Cathedral of Palermo, a few hundred meters beyond the Norman Palace (seat of temporal power during the millennial history of Palermo) is an example of this mixture. Its origin is lost in the mists of time and its current appearance is the result of 3000 years of renovations, whose principle perhaps dates back to a Phoenician place of worship (eighth century BC). Superbly Arab-Norman in appearance on the outside, it changes its face completely after the entrance door, as if an invisible time machine took us to another era, Aragonese, Renaissance, Art Nouveau. The Cathedral houses the tombs of two of the greatest men of all time, Kings of Sicily: Roger II the Norman and Frederick II of Swabia, the Stupor Mundi. A little further on you can see the dome of the church of San Salvatore (XI century) from whose loggia you can enjoy an extraordinary view of the city.
(photo) Palermo, Archbishop’s palace in the background, Cathedral on the right. People and temporary structures for the public execution of heretics, paper ink, 1724, Francesco Ciche