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Santa Rosalia di Palermo

Paintings Graphite on panel
Single artwork


Description by the artist

The Santuzza (Sicilian for Little Saint) seems to have taken a leap from the high celestial spheres to land on the Sicilian sea, lights the space of a divine gash, she has with her the lily, a true concentrate of purity, distilled as an antidote to the poison that pervades our lives. The innocence of her gaze would like to be shared by us today.

Details and dimensions

Materials: Graphite on panel
Dimensions (cm): Height 186, Width 72
Weight (kg): 8
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation


Santa Rosalia, a santuzza (Sicilian for Little Saint) for the Palermitani, is the patron saint of the Sicilian capital: Palermo. Born Rosa Sinibaldi, in 1130, when in Sicily reigned the Normans, from a noble family related to King Roger II of Sicily. Promised in marriage to Prince Baldovino, the day before the wedding had a mystical vision and decided to take the vows taking refuge in a family estate, the forest of Santo Stefano di Quisquina. There she lived 12 years inside a cave documenting her choice of life with a Latin epigraph written at the entrance of the cave. Later she returned to Palermo where she settled in another cave, at the top of Monte Pellegrino, where she died. In this place in the seventeenth century  was built her sanctuary, venerated by the people of Palermo. At least once in their life every Palermo citizen undertakes the climb to the sanctuary of the santuzza.

Photo Santa Rosalia, Anthony Van Dyck, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

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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