Terra e mare di Sicilia
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Description by the artist
Terra di Sicilia (Italian for Land of Sicily) is the title of this artwork. Decorations and signs of the Sicilian peasant civilization in this textured table. The woman represents a devotional figure often linked to the harvest of farmers and fishermen. The upper tile, representing the Sun, is glued on the wood while the lower one is carved in the wood. Both recall the typical Sicilian majolica. String and sealing wax are textured. The painting presents three typical pitchers of the peasant civilization, containers of oil or wine. The small boat of the fishermen carries some signs “without meaning”, representations of the many dominations that have arrived in Sicily with a language always new and incomprehensible for the Sicilians. The painting ends with a plate engraved with images and signs always taken from the peasant civilization.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Arab-Norman art is a Sicilian wonder. After three centuries of Byzantine domination and two centuries of Arab domination here come the Normans whose kings are literally charmed by the Arab architecture. Here is that an extraordinary thing happens: the Norman kings summon the Arab architects and together they elaborate a mixture of styles and cultures giving to the posterity what we today define Arab-Norman art, patrimony of the humanity. Among the most significant monuments we remember in Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Martorana church, the Norman Palace, St. John of the Hermits church . To them are added the cathedral of Monreale and that of Cefalù. In the beautiful Palatine Chapel we admire splendid Byzantine mosaics on a gold background, muqarnas vaults and typically Arab domes as well as geometric designs on lava stone and Romanesque capitals.
The artwork also recalls a sort of goddess of harvest, of abundance. A 2500 years long history in Sicily since the times of Demeter and her daughter Persephone, to whom were dedicated the Thesmophorae to propitiate precisely the favors and the success of the harvest.
(photo) Palermo, Cuba, Artist’s imagined reconstruction of the palace and its surroundings, painting 1930 cc