Description by the artist
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
Exalted by the scenes of the film The Leopard (as much as the mafia from the film The Godfather), the Sicilian aristocracy has ancient origins and was imported by the Normans (XII century) with their retinue of Kings, Queens and numerous court in tow. The Sicilian history, from the XII century onwards, is a history of division of power, temporal and religious, between powerful aristocratic families. Conspiracy of silence, is the first pillar of Mafia power, was born from the subordination of the people to these families who hired the same Sicilians to keep the population under control. The hundreds of feudal castles that can be found in the island, many of them now in a state of abandonment, are the mirror of this division of power, or rather of the land. Castles were followed by palaces, more comfortable and better placed in the urban context. Sicily undoubtedly has one of the most fascinating and architecturally illustrious patrimonies of villas and noble houses, both residence and countryside. The splendor of them remains unchanged over time: frescoed rooms, majolica, mullioned and three-light windows, prestigious furniture, beautiful gardens … indeed bring the visitor to the Sicily of the Leopard.
(photo) Palermo, the headquarter of Sicilian aristocracy, panorama by Louis de Forbin, 1822