"sb'l sys", water-based enamels on portcullis, 2019. Painting inspired by the iconography of the period of the Phoenician / Punic foundation of the city of Palermo, (the walls of which we can still see today in via Schioppettieri). Palermo was founded as a city-port by the Phoenician colonists of Tire (today's Lebanon) between the 7th and 6th centuries BC. The graffiti shows the name that is supposed to be the first toponym of the city, "Sys", "splendid", an abbreviation present in some coins of the Sicilian Punic mint, often accompanied by figures such as the bull, that is the god Baal Hammon of the Assyrians and various other attributes of his consort Tanit, goddess to whom all the inhabitants of the Carthaginian colonies of the Mediterranean were devoted, better known as the great Mother Goddess. The writings faithfully report phrases of sacred devotion, present in the votive steles dedicated to the goddess Tanit and Baal Hammon, found in the territory of Palermo, written in the Phoenician alphabet, the oldest known alphabet, important precisely for this. It was used by the Phoenicians to write in their language, a Northern Semitic language spoken in all the colonies. Project #farelakalsa by @nessunettuno. Balata, Mojo B&B, St'Orto.
"The perseverance of Judith ", mural on the story of the daughter of the Great Count Ruggero 1, contemporary art festival "Ritrovarsi" by Tiziana Pantaleo, Sciacca 2019. Judit De Hauteville fled with her cousin Robert De Baseville I and gave birth to their child on the rock of S. Elmo where they took refuge, today the fishermen remember the Rock with the name "Roccia della Regina". Thanks to a friar named Mauro who lived as a hermit on Mount Kronio, the three reached Palermo on the back of a donkey, where they asked the compassion of Count Roger and the intercession of Pope Urban II, for a shotgun wedding. The two fugitives had the consent of Roger I and as a wedding gift they had the city of Sciacca. child Robert II is remembered as one of the most important knights of the Norman family of Baseville, still residing in France today. Judith in popular memories is remembered as second founder of Sciacca and with the name of Juliet. But her name recalls the woman Judith d'Evreux, a great love and first wife of her father Roger I. Judith founded the mother church dedicated to Mary Magdalene the sinner, (first mythical Foundress of Sciacca), to atone for her sins of lust. Until 1860 the civic coat of arms of Sciacca represented a woman, that is Judith in the center between two lions, her father Ruggero I and Ruggero II, Judith's half-brother, founder of the kingdom of Sicily, first king of Sicily, both initially opposed to her marriage . Today the coat of arms of the city of Sciacca has changed. Judith was an enlightened sovereign, she continued her father's policy of cultural integration, promoting coexistence between Arabs, Jews, and all other cultures residing in her territories, she founded Christian churches and worked for the Christianization of Sciacca, freed by Muslims from father Ruggero I.