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The gothic cathedral of Erice in Sicily

The majestic church enclosed in the small medieval streets

The gothic cathedral of Erice In Sicily during the #italiagrandsketchingtour.

Once entered in the town of Erice, after the first corner a small square opens up and the majesty of the romanic Cathedral dedicated to Maria Assunta. The view is incredible because the church is so big compared to the surrounding houses and the perspective creates a sense of mystery and power.

The church unfortunately was closing for lunch, also because it is managed as a museum and you pay for the entrance. But just on the other side of the square there is a small chapel where to spend some time in prayer, or meditation in my case. After I had to choose where to capture the church from to express the incredible perspective that so captured my attention, and laying against a wall I hope I managed to show it.

Short history of the Duomo

Regarding the Duomo, the oral tradition speaks of a primitive Christian temple at the time of Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD, probably on the remains of a Greek temple dedicated to Venus Erycina. Later on, during the Spanish domination in the 13th Century the king Federico III d’Aragona had to leave Palermo and he was protected in Erice. Once he was able to return to the capital, he started the construction of the church in a gothic style typical of the century, as a way to thank the city that supported him. The church changed partially during the century in its architecture and more chapels were added on the two sides, but the main style remains the original one, in all its simple strength and majesty.

Painting of the gothic cathedral of Erice

Title of the painting ‘The gothic cathedral of Erice’

This is a painting from the Italia Grand Sketching Tour Collection, a series of original ink and watercolor paintings done on location during my tour to discovery the  marvelous Italian heritage. All paintings are also available as numbered and originally signed prints.

The painting is also featured in the book about my motorbike Italian tour. By acquiring this work you will get to know better Italy also thanks to a personalized story about this place that I will include in the package.

Painting information:

  • Watercolor and ink on white paper
  • Size 19 x 28.5 cm (7.5 x 11.2 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the painting

Prints information:

  • Printed on white watercolor paper, numbered 1 to 50 and signed
  • Size 21 x 29.7 cm (8.3 x 11.7 inches)
  • Shipped in a box
  • Certificate of authenticity will be sent with the print
The gothic cathedral of Erice

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It is available for sale, original and numbered prints. Please let me know which subject you are interested in.

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