Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to present: Sicilia: Immaginario Barocco e Feste Religiose, (Sicily: Imagination Baroque Religious Feasts), a photographic exhibition by Giuseppe Leone. The photography exhibition will open on Saturday, June 7 and continue until Sunday, July 27.

For more than two millennia, Sicily has been at the strategic crossroads of the Mediterranean world. The ancient cultures of Greece and Rome left a lasting imprint upon the island, and later influences from Arabia and Normandy, as well as modern Italy, have added to that ancient foundation while creating a remarkable and unique culture.

Described as "Sicily's storyteller; narrator of its monuments; festivals and customs," photographer Giuseppe Leone has captured Sicily, its people and its culture in the exhibition entitled, Sicilia: Immaginario Barocco e Feste Religiose.

Leone's black and white photography is featured in two distinct parts. In the first portion of the exhibition, Leone surveys the baroque palaces, churches, and piazzas of the Noto Valley of southeastern Sicily. This region includes the principle cities of Catania, Siracusa, and Ragusa, and was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2002.


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