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It may be the defining standard of any culture, perhaps even what makes it a "culture."
The arts take many forms - painting, sculpture, architecture, design and
the performing arts - and in Sicily the earliest tangible examples date
from antiquity. The Sicilians built the first Maltese
temples, Europe's oldest man-made structures, around 4,000 BC (BCE),
and a few of the figurines discovered on Malta are
nearly as old. Then came the Phoenicians (with their Egyptian influences)
and the Greeks.
Caravaggio in Sicily - The master spent some time in Sicily and Malta, where he left his mark.
Mario Minniti - A student of Caravaggio who continued his painterly tradition.
Francesco Lo Jacono - Romanticist painter of the late nineteenth century.
Decorated Horse Carts - A rustic tradition that has flourished over the centuries.
Heraldry - Coats of arms are a medieval tradition of architectural and genealogical relevance.
Francesco Laurana - His work bridged the gap between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and met with greatness.
Francesco Messina - Classical sculpture that reached into the twentieth century.
Norman-Arab-Byzantine - there's only one place in the world where the distinctive architectural styles of three great civilizations came together. welcome to Sicily.
Arched Two-Light Windows - Discussion of a gothic detail very evident in Sicily.
Arched Gothic Portals - Hardly a single city in Sicily doesn't have at least one.
Sicilian Baroque - Influenced by Spanish and Italianate styles, this is the Baroque so very evident in many of Sicily's churches and palaces.
Romanesque Gothic - More Romanesque than Gothic, this style is a treasured vestige of the Middle Ages.
Art Nouveau - In Italy it is called "Liberty," and its incarnation here represents a purity of style.
Neoclassical - About this movement in Sicily.
Syracuse Cathedral - Built into (not simply "on" or "around") one of the largest ancient Greek temples, the duomo of Siracusa is the epitome of the earliest Christian architecture.
Palermo Cathedral - This singular structure probably has a greater diversity of architectural styles than any other medieval church in the world.
• Ceramic Art
• Fashion Designers
Domenico Dolce - The Sicilian half of Dolce & Gabbana. (This is a link to his commercial website.)
Marella Ferrera - Our profile of the creative genius of Catania.
Sicilian Style - Does it even exist for most Sicilian men?
• Music, Dance & Drama,
Alessandro Scarlatti - The maestro has an assured niche in baroque, classical music of the seventeenth century.
Vincenzo Bellini - This nineteenth-century composer left his mark on Italian music as no other during his era.
Eleanora Abbagnato - Sicily's prima ballerina, a fixture of the Paris Opera company.
Ballet in Sicily - Creating ballerinas in Sicily.
Luigi Pirandello - His plays set the stage for a generation or two.
Giuseppe Tornatore - The voice of Sicilian cinema today. Nuovo Cinema Paradiso is his most famous film.
Maria Grazia Cucinotta - One of Sicily's better-known actresses, formerly a fashion model.
Puppet Theatre - Marionettes (these aren't actually puppets) are part of a very old tradition evoking tales from the Middle Ages.
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