I-Art Residency, Sicily

Year 2015
Title Thauma (The temptation of Saint Anthony)

            Mural for I-Art Residency in Misterbianco, Sicily.

Saint Anthony, commonly venerated for his protection from fire, is Misterbianco’s patron, as the town celebrates the saint every year since its destruction by a severe Etna’s eruption in 1669.
Hands casting animals as chinese shadows play are protracted to poke St. Anthony, which is abstractly represent by a geometrical golden element at the center of the scene.

Thauma is the greek word for wonder, as a celebration of the land surrounding mount Etna (the painting is in fact facing the volcano). Nonetheless the greek letter T or “Tau” is a common symbol defining St. Anthony.