Photographer's Note

Another ceiling detail, Santa Margherita Church, Sciacca-AgrigentornrnBuilt in AD 1342rnrn"The interior is a feast of colours: gold, stucco and big beautiful paintings; where were celebrated splendid solemn functions, I child I aimed with rapt amazement (I. Scaturro). Entering the church, he was immediately attracted by the magnificence of baroque decoration. It is amazing especially the decoration of the presbytery and transept performed by Orazio Ferraro, plasterer renowned Sicilian seventeenth century. Angels, saints, stucco putti, medallions, spirals, arabesques, festoons, arabesques covering all surfaces. No vacuum, no corner without a pattern. The side walls of the chancel are occupied by two frescoes of great proportions. Depict, one on the left (now unreadable, the Crucifixion, the other to the right, the Madonna dell'Itria. They are Orazio Ferraro, who, as well as sculptor, was also a painter. A series of medallions, depicting episodes from the Way of the Cross by Giovanni Portaluni adorns the soffit Triumphal Arch. Also in the transept angels and cherubs in stucco Ferraro, arranged in various attitudes, they form a rich and sumptuous. Lively a SS. Trinity to a chorus of saints and angels and not without a delicate Annunciation to the Virgin who is undoubtedly the most interesting work of Ferraro in this church. Roughly modeled appears instead a giant Adam placed on the left of the Annunciation."rnrnPartial quote from: http://www.sciacca.it/dentro_sciacca/monumenti/chiese/S_Margherita.html

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Additional Photos by Alex Fan Moniz (LondonBoy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 393] (1952)
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