Exhibition “Rosalia eris in plague patrona” at Palazzo Reale, from 4 September 2018 to 5 May 2019
At Palazzo Reale from 4 September 2018 to 5 May 2019 will be set up the exhibition “Rosalia eris in plague patrona”. It can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 8.15 am to 5.40 pm (last ticket at 4.40 pm), Sundays and holidays from 8.15 am to 1.00 pm (last ticket at 12.00).
After the discovery of the mortal remains of Santa Rosalia, which took place in July 1624, in a cave of Monte Pellegrino, we witnessed the birth of a fervid and industrious cultural-artistic moment that translates into works, realized in the most varied materials, dedicated to the Romita Rosalia Sinibaldi. The Federico II Foundation, in synergy with the Sicilian Regional Assembly, the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, the Superintendency for Cultural Heritage and the Archdiocese of Palermo, has chosen to devote to this artistic, cultural and anthropological exhibition entitled “Rosalia Eris in Peste Patrona”.
The exhibition, thirty-eight works, plus preparatory drawings and printed and archival material, retraces one of the most critical moments in the history of Palermo: the fifty year time span that sees the city hit by two terrible plagues, in 1575- 76 and in 1624; the helpless and decimated population seeks comfort and protection in the traditional Patrons, the five Holy Virgins of Palermo, the Saints Rocco and Sebastiano, immediately added in those same years also San Carlo Borromeo, thanks to the cult introduced in the city by the rich mercantile “Nation” of the Lombardi. But in 1624, at the outbreak of an even more devastating pestilence, the discovery of the sacred remains on Monte Pellegrino di Rosalia, a Palermo hermit lived in the Middle Ages, and the simultaneous immediate cessation of the disease, make it possible to recognize special thaumaturgical powers, from make her acclaim the only patron against the terrible disease.
The triumph of the cult, immediately spread thanks to the Jesuits and the Franciscans throughout Europe, but not only, immediately imposes precise choices on the iconography of the Saint, to whom particular contribution will be given by Anton Van Dyck, the great Flemish painter found in Palermo in those sad moments. . On these assumptions, the exhibition winds through a path that starting from the devotion to the traditional patrons Saints, exemplified by a series of important paintings and sculptures from the sixteenth century, which reaches the triumph of the cult of Rosalia as the only patron, configured by as many works, especially altarpieces, commissioned by famous artists such as Anton Van Dyck, Pietro Novelli, Vincenzo La Barbera and Mattia Preti. The works of Mattia Preti from the Museo di Capodimonte and those of Pietro Novelli that come from Como related to the cult of the Saint in Lombardy stand out in the exhibition itinerary.
The devotion to Santa Rosalia is not exclusive to the Sicilian history and traditions. The Federico II Foundation with this exhibition underlines, after careful and detailed research, that element that goes beyond the borders of the island. It is in the relationship with the “Nation” of the Lombards that one of the highest expressions is found. Upper Lombardy, between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries, was characterized by an emigration process towards the city of Palermo. A flow that developed mainly in the seventeenth century. What came out of it was a collaboration aimed at collecting offers of money for the purchase of material goods to be sent to the ecclesial communities of origin. Among the gifts, there are various sacred ornaments in silver, still preserved today in the Lombard churches. Reappropriation of the figure of Santa Rosalia is an urgency to stimulate research, the Federico II Foundation is the name of the paternity, including the historical and cultural roots of the Royal Palace. The noble woman before being recognized as Santa Patrona of the city of Palermo by the Catholic Church, lived in the Palazzo dei Normanni.
Where: Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Parlamento
When: From 04/09/2018 to 05/05/2019
Days: Monday to Saturday from 8.15 am to 5.40 pm | Sundays and holidays from 8.15 to 13
Price: 6 euros whole | 3 euros reduced
Devotion, cult, legend, love all this is Rosalia for Palermo and for Palermo, the Patron Saint of the city of Palermo, a city full of many contradictions, but also rich in so much culture, art and unique beauties that today have been recognized as an indelible asset of the UNESCU, it only remains to come here to visit Sicily and to admire all its beauties.
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