Art in Sicily: Frescoes

From the outside, many houses in Catania look decorative, but in context, ordinary.  Once inside they often transform into something surreal and marvellous.  Catania’s palazzos are often decorated with most beautiful frescoes, colourful floor tiles and elegant pieces of furniture.

The following is a unique house which is effectively a slowly decaying piece of art.  Below are photos of some frescoes which decorate the ceiling.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

The woman holding her violin appears to be about to continue with luxurious melody.  She reminds this viewer of Venus from Botticelli’s famous painting.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

This is the ceiling of the largest bedroom. The room is quite literally huge and this decorates the centre of the ceiling. The flowers are carved in plaster and then painted to create a realistic 3D effect.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

This room is being used as a library currently and the brown shades match the bookcases perfectly.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

This is another bedroom and also very large. The soothing blue tones surely help the occupier to a restful sleep.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

This is the salon or lunch room, hence food is depicted.

Catania Fresco

This is an extra room not for any particular purpose. Here the flowers are also 3D.

These final 2 photos are from another house on via Vittorio Emanuele II.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania

Believe it or not this house is being rented out to students and young workers. With such richness of design it is a surprise the owners do not want to live here themselves.

Fresco on Ceiling in Catania


The fact that Catania has been destroyed so many times by the towering Mount Etna, gave the citizens an excuse to rebuild and redesign it many times. Here it seems that they have really excelled themselves. With such beauty in architecture and art, it is no surprise that the inhabitants are so proud of their sod of earth.

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4 thoughts on “Art in Sicily: Frescoes

  • January 18, 2013 at 20:08

    What wonderful photography!! I love the library with the soft brown shades. I have been to Europe a few times and I absolutely love the art. 🙂

    • January 19, 2013 at 22:30

      Thanks, Susan! We’re spoilt for art really here in Europe, esp in Italy.

  • January 19, 2013 at 00:06


    Wow, beautiful, hard to imagine these frescos are in ordinary peoples homes. Seems like what you find in historical homes that have become museums or something, not just someones bedroom. Wonderful pictures.


    • January 19, 2013 at 22:32

      Hi Jenn,

      Yes it’s true these are commonplace on certain streets in Catania and kind of ignored by the locals. In fact some of the frescos are in poor repair as the landlords have no interest in preserving them. Sad. But good for us who can enjoy them!


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