Catania

Scenography and devotion for St. Agatha

The minor apse mof the right aisle is home to the highest concentration of votive artwork dedicated to St. Agatha .
The apse walls are completely frescoed and the floor is richly decorated. The wall decorations, gilding and all the decorative elements give the room a sense of triumphant theatricality.
dattaglio retablo della gloria di sant'Agata
Here we find the Retablo della Gloria di Sant’Agata (Retablo of the Glory of St. Agatha), the monument to Ferdinando d’Acuňa and the precious sacellum of St. Agatha.
The concept of scenography is found in these works. In fact, the retablo, a structure placed behind the altar, often focuses on events of the Passion of Christ, and served as a backdrop for the Holy Communion.

reliquiario di sant'Agata
foto alla cappella nel suo insieme
In the lower section some angels are depicted carrying the instruments of the crucifixion; in the centre we find the glorification of St. Agatha, or the same scene offered by Corradini in the fresco in the apsidal vault ; and on the sides there are St. Peter and St. Paul, while the four evangelists are placed in the upper section. The golden portal guards a veritable treasure .
The sacellum is the place where the remains of the Catanese saint are still kept today, in a reliquary bust and various anthropomorphic reliquaries kept in the Casket.

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