Oil on Canvas
36" x 48.5" x 2" unframed
This painting was done from a drawing done in plein air standing in front of the Pretoria Fountain in Palermo, Sicily. The fountain was built by Francesco Camilliani in the city of Florence in 1554, but was transferred in Palermo in 1574. At the time, The people of Palermo looked at those half-dressed statues and identified them with the corrupt officials in their city hall… but in reality they were meant to represent mythological figures such as the gods on Mount Olympus, and Florence’s rivers – including the Mugnone, immortalized by Boccaccio in his “Decameron”.These are the stories that fuel my inspiration. When I saw this fountain I was so drawn to it, I knew I had to capture it in my own way.