In Palermo’s “Theater of the Sun,” the intersection better known as Quattro Canti, four fountains featuring women illustrate the four seasons. Not only the annual seasons, but those of life too. Pictured here is Winter. She’s an older, wiser woman holding a flaming lantern. Showing us the way through the darkest time of the year. The solstice is on Tuesday.
NB as the sun rotates throughout the day and year, it lights up the statues and facades above the street-level fountains, much like a spotlight does the stage in a theater.