San Sebastiano Church in Maniace – Via Crucis

 

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25,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
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Egg tempera on wood. There are 15 stations, each of them includes three panels: the central panel - cm. 110x100, side panel - 30x145 (approximately). Medallions - holy martyrs. Sono 15 stazioni, ciascuna comprende 3 tavole: tavola centrale - cm. 110x100, tavola laterale - 30x145(circa). Nei medaglioni - santi martiri.
Medallions - Holy Martyrs
Medallions - Holy Martyrs
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. I
Via Crucis St. I
Egg tempera on wood
Santo Stefano - Saint Stephen
Santo Stefano - Saint Stephen
Egg tempera on wood.
Sant'Agata - Saint Agatha
Sant'Agata - Saint Agatha
Egg tempera on wood.
Detail from central panel
Detail from central panel
Egg tempera on wood
Detail from central panel
Detail from central panel
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. II
Via Crucis St. II
Egg tempera on wood.
Sant' Euplio
Sant' Euplio
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. III
Via Crucis St. III
Egg tempera on wood.
Detail from central panel
Detail from central panel
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. III
Via Crucis St. III
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. IV
Via Crucis St. IV
Details from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. IV
Via Crucis St. IV
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. V
Via Crucis St. V
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. V
Via Crucis St. V
Charcoal on paper
Sant'Agnese - St. Agnes
Sant'Agnese - St. Agnes
Egg tempera on wood.
San Pancrazio Taorminese
San Pancrazio Taorminese
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. VI
Via Crucis St. VI
Detail from central panel. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. VI
Via Crucis St. VI
Egg tempera on wood.
Santa Cecilia
Santa Cecilia
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. VII
Via Crucis St. VII
Charcoal on paper
San Lorenzo - Saint Lawrence
San Lorenzo - Saint Lawrence
Egg tempera on wood.
San Tarcisio
San Tarcisio
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. VIII
Via Crucis St. VIII
Egg tempera on wood.
Detail from central panel
Detail from central panel
Egg tempera on wood.
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. IX
Via Crucis St. IX
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. IX
Via Crucis St. IX
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. X
Via Crucis St. X
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. X
Via Crucis St. X
Detail from central panel. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. X
Via Crucis St. X
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. XI
Via Crucis St. XI
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. XI
Via Crucis St. XI
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XI - San Placido
Via Crucis St. XI - San Placido
Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XI - Santa Teresa Bdetta della Croce
Via Crucis St. XI - Santa Teresa Bdetta della Croce
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XII
Via Crucis St. XII
Detail from central panel. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XII
Via Crucis St. XII
Detail from central panel. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XII
Via Crucis St. XII
Detail from central panel. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XII
Via Crucis St. XII
Profeta Isaia - Prophet Isaiah. Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XII - Profeta Isaia - Prophet Isaiah
Via Crucis St. XII - Profeta Isaia - Prophet Isaiah
San Giovanni Battista - St. John the Baptist. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. XII - San Giovanni Battista
Via Crucis St. XII - San Giovanni Battista
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XIII
Via Crucis St. XIII
San Tommaso Becket - St. Thomas Becket. Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XIII - San Tommaso Becket - St. Thomas Becket
Via Crucis St. XIII - San Tommaso Becket - St. Thomas Becket
Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XIII - San Paolo Miki - St. Paul Miki
Via Crucis St. XIII - San Paolo Miki - St. Paul Miki
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XIV
Via Crucis St. XIV
Charcoal on paper
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Carlo Lwanga - St. Charles Lwanga
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Carlo Lwanga - St. Charles Lwanga
Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Tommaso Moro - St. Thomas More
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Tommaso Moro - St. Thomas More
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XIV - La Risurrezione - The Resurrection
Via Crucis St. XIV - La Risurrezione - The Resurrection
Detail from central panel. Egg tempera on wood.
Via Crucis St. XIV
Via Crucis St. XIV
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XIV - Beato Giuseppe Puglisi - Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi
Via Crucis St. XIV - Beato Giuseppe Puglisi - Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi
Egg tempera on wood
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Sebastiano
Via Crucis St. XIV - San Sebastiano

 

    The Church of San Sebastiano in Maniace (Catania) offers a large iconographic program of a total area of more than one hundred square meters. The paintings can be divided into two groups. The first corresponds to the area of the altar, the second - the Way of the Cross.


The complex is set in a Byzantine style. Not really Byzantine painting, but inspired by the great tradition of Eastern Christianity. This choice is due to a double motivation. On the one hand, the demand of the pictorial style was oriented towards the Byzantine tradition. On the other hand, my willingness to propose the Byzantine language of painting, in the belief that it can be a source of inspiration for contemporary religious art, after all iconoclastic experience of the twentieth century.

The modern structure of the church, along with its strong brightness, ensured by extensive surface of windows, influenced the choice of the color range and intensity of the contrasts of pictorial compositions. So, no longer the dark blue of the frescoes of the Byzantine churches, but the idea of gold of the great basilicas of Sicily.


WAY OF THE CROSS


The iconographic cycle consists of 14 panels, cm. 110x100 plus the scene of the Resurrection in the Byzantine key, that is the Descent into Hell. The interior, quite round shape, of the church has suggested the idea of linking the stations, which start from the altar and  arrive back to the altar, with a band on which is painted a rope as a symbol of the unity of the Christian community. On this band there are medallions in which is represented a long series of Holy Martyrs. Initially it was thought to represent only the Holy Sicilians Martyrs, who are many, although some do not have artistic aspect consecrated in the iconographic tradition. During the work, I abandoned this idea, at the behest of the local community, and have been represented the most famous and revered martyrs of Christianity. Here the martyr is meant in its initial meaning of the word , in Greek μαρτύριον signifies the witness, that is, one who takes up his own cross and follow Christ. The martyrs are the witnesses of the faith and of the cross. They are presented with the cross in hand, a symbol of martyrdom, of union with Christ in the Via Crucis.