SICILY: rare exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art !

Like all things Sicilian, it claimed its own tempo.  Clevelanders had been anticipating the coming of “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome” to the Cleveland Museum of Art but news of a halt from the Sicilian government arrested everything.  Then, when we had almost given up, it miraculously appeared.  In true Sicilian fashion.  I had the opportunity to visit yesterday – a small, but very rare glimpse into the Graecian and Roman lifestyle of Sicily, of the people known as the Sikeliotes,  but also on the virtuosity, the creativity, the opulence of Sicilian noble courts of the time as well as a reflection on female and male portraits  of the time in sculpture.  Among these, the depiction of Persephone, Scylla and a young Carthaginian from Mozia {Western Sicily} caught my attention.  As you walk through the exhibit, you will be mesmerized by the unpretentious  sophistication and elegance of its pieces highlighting the genius found in theatre {the many masks depict the theatrical and whimsical nature of Sicilians}, literature, philosophy, poetry but also science {with minds such as Archimedes, Archestratos, Aeschylus, Plato}  from destinations such as Siracusa, Palermo, Catania, Cefalu’, Western Sicily.  The very rare exhibit embraces the openness of Sicilians towards experimentation, conviviality but also the need for understanding, for beauty, for peace.

The exhibit is open now through January 5, 2014.  $15.00/person $13.00 for seniors – Cleveland Museum of Art.



4 thoughts on “SICILY: rare exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art !

  1. Hi Francesca…………I am so late about writing a paragraph about the tour. Who should I send it to. You you or Diana? Thanks!

  2. Francesca I wondered if you were going to be teaching Italian again. If not can you recommend someone? I am interested in maybe moving to Rome. Thanks. I hope all is well with you.

    Diane Rinaldi


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