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San Gandolfo Festival
The 7th Wednesday after Easter and the 3rd week end in September
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The Most Holy Crucifix
Starts May 1st
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La Sagra delle Nocciole (The Hazelnut Festival)
Always in August usually after the 15th, a moveable date

Lo Sfoglio
Late August

Santa Lucia
December 13


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Looking for Rogier van der Weyden- poised beauty and finding a portrait of a young man

Posted by Suzanne Turrisi on 25 Jan 2019


  To find Rogier van der Weyden On my way back home to Australia last year, after some summer time in Sicily, I spent a few days in London. I was keen to see some of the 15th century Flemish artist Rogier van der Weyden's paintings in London’s National Portrait Gallery.

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A Sicilian Smile

Posted by Suzanne on 16 Sep 2017


  An intriguing smile There is a portrait hanging in a small museum in Cefalu of an unknown man which 'some claim ... is a pirate from the Sicilian island of Lipari'.

Simply titled, The Unknown Man, (Ritratto di Ignoto) this small oil, 31cm x 24.5cm, is the masterpiece of Antonello da Messina, painted in 1470.

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Saint Agata: art in Palermo and a festival in Catania

Posted by Suzanne on 10 Mar 2017


  Paintings in Palermo, and the tragic tale of a young, pious woman Three 14th and 15th century paintings in Sicily’s Regional Art Gallery in Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo -  Jacopo di Michele’s Sant’Agata; a 15thcentury triptych showing Saints Agata and Barbara; and Tommaso di Vigilia’s Madonna with Saints Agata and Lucia - are beautiful and stirring.

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A feeling of Christmas: The Madonna and Child, Palermo

Posted by Suzanne on 24 Dec 2016



In the quiet of the rooms of Palazzo Abatellis, Sicily’s Regional Art Gallery, Palermo there are many paintings and sculptures depicting the sacred beauty of the Madonna and Child including: the 16th century Adoration of the Magi (no.1) from the School of Anversa; Antonello Gagini's radiant sculptures; and, the lovely Madonna and Child by the 15th century Maestro del Trittico di Alcamo (the triptych master of Alcamo) ( no.5).

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