Palazzo Abatellis (Galleria Regionale)

The Palazzo Abatellis was designed in 1490-95 for admiral Francesco Abatellis. It is now used for a museum and houses a marvellous collection of sculptures and paintings (Galleria Regionale). Its most famous works of art are the monumental fresco Triumph of Death (c. 1446-49) and Antonello da Messina’s Virgin Annunciate (1474).

Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis

Triumph of Death (c. 1446-49), Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo. Originally in Palazzo Sclafani. 600x642 cm.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Palazzo Sclafani

The beautiful Palazzo Sclafani, not far from the Norman Palace, was built by Matteo Sclafani in 1330. Note the lava-stone decorations around the windows. The Triumph of Death was originally in this building.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

Triumph of Death, detail (c. 1446-49), Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Triumph of Death, detail (c. 1446-49), Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Triumph of Death, Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

The King is also just a mortal.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Antonello da Messina: Virgin Annunciate (1474).

Antonello da Messina: Virgin Annunciate (1474).

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Palazzo Abatellis, Palermo

One of the rooms in the museum at Palazzo Abatellis.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

door frame from Casa di Goffredo di Marturano, Palermo 12th century.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Arabic influenced door frame from Casa di Goffredo di Marturano, Palermo 12th century.

 

 

Fragment of the ceiling (12th century) in the Norman Palace. This is the time of the UNESCO Heritage listed stave churches in Norway. The portals of the stave churches were much coarser and often with a narrative from Norse mythology, but I find it interesting to note the similarities and differences.

Here is an example from the Norwegian Hylestad stave church (late 12C or early 13C):

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

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