San Giovanni degli eremiti

Rocco Lentini1876

Gallery of Modern Art "Empedocle Restivo"

Gallery of Modern Art "Empedocle Restivo"
Palermo, Italy

The painting by Rocco Lentini depicts the eastern façade with the apses of San Giovanni degli Eremiti, a favourite destination for European travellers. On the side street, a man and a woman dressed in middle-class clothing, protected from the sun by an umbrella, are strolling close to the monument.
The painting is of great documentary value because it testifies to the phase immediately preceding the restoration works on the church by the architect Giuseppe Patricolo in1882, when the five domes were painted in a ‘dark red colour,’ which, at the time, was mistakenly considered the original one.


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