The show

The exhibition is part of the celebrations for the 110th Anniversary of the birth of Enrico Pirajno of Mandralisca (1809 - 2019).

The exhibition is the result of an important collaboration between the Fondazione Culturale Mandralisca, Palazzo Abatellis, the Department of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity and MondoMostre, under the patronage of the Municipality of Cefalù.

The two panels painted by Giorgio Vasari, depicting "The fall of the manna", come from the collection of Palazzo Abatellis and were made in 1545 by the Aretine painter for the refectory of Santa Maria di Montoliveto in Naples; they arrived in Palermo in 1828, a gift of Francesco I di Borbone for the city's nascent picture gallery.

The two works are placed in dialogue, in the Pinacoteca of Palazzo Mandralisca, with the precious 1681 edition of Vasari's text "Of the most excellent painters, sculptors, and architects", belonging to the Biblioteca Mandralisca. The organization and the institutional relations are due to the commitment of Dr. Laura Gattuso (Vice-President of the Cultural Foundation Mandralisca), while the scientific curating and teaching aids are by Dr. Evelina De Castro, director of the Regional Gallery of Sicily of Palazzo Abatellis, and Dr. Rosalia Liberto, of the Board of Mandralisca Foundation

The exhibition MANNA DAL CIELO broadens the cultural offer of the Mandralisca Foundation, thus demonstrating how the synergies between cultural institutions can create virtuous paths for the best use of the Sicilian artistic heritage.

Timetable and tickets


Via Mandralisca, 13
90015 Cefalù


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