Landscape of Motta Sant’Anastasia
Description by the artist
It is a view that struck me very much, seen from a particular and original perspective, which highlights the dense colors near the castle and the chromatic variety of the environment.
Details and dimensions
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Motta Sant’Anastasia is a small village in eastern Sicily, close to Mount Etna. It has curiously developed on a huge basaltic cliff of 500 thousand years ago which, as if it were a nest, contains houses and churches of Motta. Seen from a distance Motta appears to be lying on this cliff of cooled lava, with the imposing shape of Etna in the background and a Norman tower (XI century), clearly built in lava stone, which stands out among the houses of the village. It was built by Roger I during the conquest of Sicily, along with two others close to it (Paternò and Adrano). There was to fight the Saracens!
(photo) Etna is on fire in this 1550 map of Sicily