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Sala Messina

Two paintings by Antonello da Messina and four by Caravaggio. They are among the greatest expressions of Italian art history. Caravaggio on the run from Malta takes refuge for some time in Sicily, before returning to Naples. Here he paints Adoration of the shepherds and other works that put him in an intrinsic relationship with the island. Antonello da Messina paints Ecce homo during his Venetian period, while the second work was painted in Sicily, where he returned in the years prior to his death.

Completed works

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Caravaggio, Supper at Emmaus, sprayed wall, San Salvatore di Fitalia, July 2016.
This work, created as part of the project “A bridge between Classicism and Contemporary art”, is situated in San Salvatore di Fitalia (Province of Messina).

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Caravaggio, Nativity, sprayed wall, San Salvatore di Fitalia, December 2016.
This mural reproduces the famous Caravaggio painting stolen from the Church of Saint Laurence in Palermo in 1969 by the mafia and never found.

WORKS IN THE WORKS

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Antonio di Giovanni de Antonio, known as Antonello da Messina, Ecce homo. Born in Messina in 1429, he was the principal Sicilian painter in the 1400s. His work achieved the difficult balance among light, atmosphere and attention to detail. Ecce homo is kept at the Collegio Alberoni in Piacenza.

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Antonio di Giovanni de Antonio, known as Antonello da Messina, Virgin Annunciate. This small oil on canvas depicts Mary while she, absorbed in reading, raises her right hand towards an interlocutor. Dated circa 1476, it is kept at Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo.

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Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio, Crucifixion of Saint Andrew. Oil on canvas painted in 1607, kept at the Cleveland Art Museum. The scene, coming from the Golden Legend, depicts the Saint crucified while the Proconsul Egeas asks him to choose between recanting his Christian faith or undergoing the tortures of martyrdom.

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Michelangelo Merisi known as Caravaggio, Adoration of the shepherds (detail). One of the painter’s better known “Sicilian” paintings, to date kept in Sicily. It is a large work that displays in all its splendor what can be called Caravaggesque realism.