Guglielmo Borremans

Born in Antwerp around 1670, he was a pupil of Peter van Lindt in St. Luke’s Guild. After his apprenticeship he was active in Italy, first in Naples, then in Cosenza and, from 1714, in Palermo, where he painted the ceiling of the Church of the Madonna della Volta, which was destroyed during the Second World War. After frescoing the vaults of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, he went first to Nicosia to decorate the Church of San Vincenzo Ferreri, and then to Alcamo where he painted two canvases for the Church of Santi Cosma e Damiano. The artist worked at a frenetic pace, busy in other cities such as Syracuse, Enna, Buccheri, Mazara del Vallo and particularly Catania, in the Basilica of Sant’Agata, where he painted some canvases for the naves. He died in Palermo in 1744 and is buried in the Capuchin monastery.