An Offering to the Goddess

This terracotta figure from Siracusa’s archaeological museum is one of hundreds of examples of statuettes found around the island of Ortigia that is attributed to the cult of Demeter and Kore (Persephone). I find this divine figure especially interesting because more recent images of Santa Lucia, the patron saint of Siracusa who is celebrated in…

Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) was born in Bagheria, Sicily and although he lived and worked in Rome most of his life his sensibility as a painter always reflected Sicily’s vibrant contrasts as displayed in this pastel on paper called Six Dances for Demeter (1958). #guttuso #sicily #demeter #bagheria #pastel