The ascent of Monte Pellegrino
Description by the artist
The care of a little girl, (symbol of purity), along the path of Monte Pellegrino, who is preparing to bring flowers to the sanctuary of Santa Rosalia under the watchful eye of her mother, is captured by the flight of some white doves, a symbol of peace … men marching for a peaceful tomorrow. In these verses I see a spiritual path, that can germinate in the human consciousness the necessary feeling to be able to live together in peace and harmony without distinction of race, religion and nationality. This place represented by me is a glimpse of Monte Pellegrino, leads to the sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, patroness of the city of Palermo and much venerated by the people of Palermo and more.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
There is not a Palermo inhabitant who, at least once in his life, has not climbed on foot to the top of Monte Pellegrino, the most beautiful promontory in the world according to the German poet Goethe when he arrived in Sicily in 1787 during the Grand Tour (XVII-XVIII century), one of those aristocratic popular trips in 1700 to discover the treasures of antiquity which had southern Italy as a privileged destination. The climb to Mount Pellegrino starts from the center of Palermo and reaches the top of the mountain where the sanctuary (17th century) built around the cave that was the home of the “Santuzza” Rosalia, patron saint of Palermo. From the mountain you can enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Palermo, surrounded by mountains and embraced by the sea. In this stretch traveled by the little girl with her mother and little brother, you have an exciting cross-section of Sicily: the lush and varied vegetation with prickly pears that cling everywhere, the white stone, the blue sky. At the top you can see the imposing neo-Gothic structure of Castello Utveggio (1928), once a luxury hotel.
(photo) Santa Rosalia shrine at the top of Monte Pellegrino, etching by de Saint Non, 1795