San Domenico in Castelvetrano, the Sicilian Sistine Chapel


It’s not a question of rewriting art history but paying proper tribute to an artistic prodigy that deserves the (deliberately strong) association with one of the best works of human ingenuity: there’s a Sicilian Sistine Chapel and it’s in the Chiesa di San Domenico in Castelvetrano, in the province of Trapani.

Built in 1470, and then later in the sixteenth century, it’s characterised by the elegant refinement of the Mannerism style. The high-sounding definition refers to the special decorations, the result of a search for perfection that especially guided the graceful hand of Antonino Ferraro da Giuliano.

A stucco masterpiece overhangs the arch at the entrance to the choir chapel: it is the tree of Jesse, which in Christian iconography testifies to the genealogy of Jesus.

It is not a way to re-write the history of art but  it is the right way to give the right  tribute to an  artistic prodigy, which deserve the pairing (strongly wanted) to one of the best play of the human being genius: a Sicilian Cappella Sistina  stands out in the county of Trapani and it is the Church of San Domenico di Castelvetrano.

Built in 1470 and then in ‘500 represents the elegant maximum expression of mannerism school. Its formulation is referred to its decorations, culmination of a research of perfection which guided the graceful hand of Antonino Ferraro da Giuliano. A masterpiece of plasters overlooks the entrance arch to the coral chapel: it is Jesse tree, which represents Jesus genealogy on the Christian iconography.

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