Maronnuzza con picciriddu
Description by the artist
My work is a source of inspiration and faith towards religion. Here Our Lady (a maronna in Sicilian) of Graces, so loved by the women of Trinacria, has a classic veil on her head and the baby boy (u picciriddu in Sicilian) in her arms.
Details and dimensions
Materials: Etna ash fixed on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 40, Width 50, Depth 1
Weight (kg): 0.500
Handcrafted in Sicily
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation
In Sicily there are no children but picciriddi, the dialect term with which all children are indicated before becoming carusi themselves (adolescents in Italian). A maronnuzza (Sicilian for Our Lady) is highly venerated on the island.Etna, the highest volcano in Europe (3300 m asl), dominates the eastern part of Sicily but is so huge that you can see up to hundreds of kilometers away. In this work of art, its ash, which during the frequent eruptions falls as rain on the nearby towns (and people must equip themselves with umbrellas), was eternally “trapped” in a canvas.
(photo) Picciriddu warming his hands at the conca