Happy Epiphany, the 12th day of Christmas! Painting hanging in a chapel of Chiesa di San Domenico in Castelvetrano (Trapani), “Circumcision of Jesus” (1580) by Simone de Wobreck (c. 1557 – c. 1587).
The Assumption: Celebrating the Virgin Mother’s Life
August 15, a national holiday in Italy, marks the Feast of the Assumption, the day that the Virgin Mother ascended body and soul into Heaven. Thoughout Sicily it is celebrated in various ways, most often with processions, festivals, and gatherings with near and dear ones at the sea or in the mountains. The Assumption is…
They Came Bearing Gifts
Epiphany: A painting of the adoration of Christ in the Oratorio di Santa Cita in Palermo.
A Glimpse of Oratorio Santa Cita
The Oratorio di SS. Rosario in Santa Cita was built in the 1600s. Oratories were meeting halls of confraternities or religious societies. In Palermo, there are a number of oratories that were built in the Baroque era. The Oratorio di SS. Rosario in Santa Cita was decorated with the magnificent stucco-work of Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732)….