Independence Italian Cultural Museum

Artists of Caltagirone and throughout Sicily still continue the centuries old tradition of creating vibrantly colored tin glazed ceramics..

Quote from the 1700s

“Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image on the soul. It is the key to everything“. (J.W.Goethe - German playwright, poet, writer of the late 1700s and early 1800s.)

Sicilians' Cultural Contributions to the world:

Antonio Vivaldi composer of music in the Baroque period and native of Venice, Italy.

"Christ's Blessing" (1465) by Sicily's  Renaissance Master artist Antonello da Messina, oil painting master, who mastered the new  medium of oil painting for that time.  As an Early Renaissance innovator, Messina ushered in the modern realistic concept of  foreshortening of the fingers which seem to project forward from the painting

Throughout history, innovative Italians have contributed generously to the world's many inventions and discoveries.  Italians of the mainland and Sicilians ushered in the Renaissance, a time of great intellectual accomplishments and discovery in the fields of art, music, science, and exploration.

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"The Last Supper" by Italy's most famous Renaissance Master artist Leonardo da Vinci, whom the phrase "Renaissance Man" was first applied to him because he proved himself a genius of the visual arts and sciences.

Sicilian Renaissance artist Mario Minniti's most famous segment of his greatest painting "Widow of Nain"

"Self Portrait" by Late  Renaissance Italian artist Sofonisba Anguissola in 1556.

Steps to Santa Maria Del Monte Church in Caltagirone, Sicily made connect the new to the old district of the city. made in the early 1900s and decorated in the 1950s secured Caltagirone as the 'ceramics focal point" of Sicily today even though talented artists are working throughout Sicily.

 Italians' Cultural Contributions to the world: 

SOME OF THE HISTORICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF ITALIANS AND SICILIANS 

Lavinia Fontana, student of Sofonisba Anguissola and became a Late Renaissance artist and musician.

Born in Palermo, Sicily, Alessandro Scarlatti composer of Baroque music of the 1600s.  Scarlatti was famous for his operas and chamber music and cantatas.  Also, he founded the Neapolitan school of Opera.

Today, Caltagirone citizens decorate the stairs with flowers and luminaries during their festivals.

"The Virgin Annunciate" in 1475 also by Antonello da Messina, of Messina, Sicily, was one of the first to build forms with color instead of line and shadow which greatly influenced Northern Italian Venetian art. 

Known for painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo Buonarotti was also knows as a master sculptor as well.  Michelangelo sculpted David circa 1501 - 1505,