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Piazza della vergogna

Paintings Oil on canvas
Single artwork


Description by the artist

The famous Piazza della vergogna (Square of Shame), which features one of the most beautiful fountains in the world, is located in Palermo. The nuns called it shameful because of the nudes around the fountain.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 60, Width 50, Depth 1.50
Weight (kg): 0.400
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation

Piazza Pretoria, called Square of Shame (Piazza della Vergona in Italian) by the people of Palermo, is one of the great symbols of Palermo. It has at its center a fountain made in 1554. It owes its name not to the naked bodies around it but to the large amount spent by the Senate of Palermo in a time of great poverty and famine. “Shame, Shame” was the cry of protest of the people of Palermo to the representatives of the Senate.

Photo Palermo, Piazza della Vergogna

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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