Presentation of the book, “The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana

Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. on the premises of the Center for Art and Culture “Piero Montana” will be presented the new book, ” The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana. The presentation will be made by writer Rosanna Balistreri, journalist Marina Mancini, and Culture Councilor Daniele Vella. The mayor of Bagheria, Filippo Maria Tripoli, will be present.
Montana’s book starts from an account by the English traveler Patrick Brydone, who in 1770 while visiting Villa Palagonia also had the opportunity to enter the bedroom of Ferdinando Francesco Gravina Junior, Prince of Palagonia, and to observe with much amazement that it was filled with marble sculptures depicting animals of all species, so much so that he wrote in his book “Journey to Sicily and Malta” that this bedroom of our Prince seemed to him a compartment of Noah’s ark. Brydone did not even suspect upon entering this chamber that he was standing before a sacred place, a place of terrible visions and prophetic dreams sent from Above to our Prince to reveal to him the imminent end of the world, which, however, would only be the end of his world: the collapse of the Ancien Régime, the putting to death of God, contemplated in the capital execution of His representative on the soil of France, Louis XVI, guillotined on January 21, 1793 as well as the almost total annihilation of the aristocratic class.
Starting from this sacred place of terrible prophecies, he examines and studies all the other rooms of the Villa, finding in the decorative elements of them hermetic and esoteric symbols pertaining to the Art of the Great Work. The author of the book therefore believes that he is dealing in this study with a “Philosopher’s Abode,” in which the Prince of Palagonia was preparing for the realization of the Philosopher’s Stone, the only one that would have the power to multiply the noble spirit and thus avert the disappearance of nobility from the face of the earth.
The villa of alchemy consists of three parts. The first is a brief introduction to alchemy understood as a hermetic science of the soul and not as a science of nature (chemistry). The second which consists of a brief but indispensable introduction to spiritual alchemy in which the work of Ferdinando Francesco Gravina Junior should be framed. The third part is the one in which the author examines and studies all the alchemical and esoteric elements present in the images of the statues, frescoes and decorative elements of the villa, making sensational discoveries. This systematic study of the occult symbols of Villa Palagonia, never attempted before, can certainly be considered very exhaustive and complete from the results obtained. In this study Montana made use of his personal acquaintance with a vast alchemical literature as well as the guidance of spiritual masters of our time such as René Guénon, Julius Evola, Eugène Canseliet, Mircea Eliade, Carl Gustav Jung, and above all Henry Corbin, more often cited in his book.
Since Villa Palagonia has so far been seriously studied only by competent architects, who have described it to us in all its architectural elements, also providing us with, in addition to its iconographic models, interesting historical information on the Gravina family starting from the its mythical royal origins, our author in this book of his wanted to deal only with that hermetic and esoteric knowledge, which despite the devastation of the villa, carried out upon the death of our Prince by his half-brother Salvatore Gravina, still remains in it today but of all hidden, hidden from profane eyes.

 

EVENTS CALENDAR

On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Guttuso Museum, Villa Cattolica is enriched with works, including the “Daneu Thshinke” collection – On view from Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

On the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Guttuso Museum, Villa Cattolica is enriched with works, including the “Daneu Thshinke” collection – On view from Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

At the Villa Butera Theater “Desìata” the choral novel by Antonella Marascia – Friday, March 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.

At the Villa Butera Theater “Desìata” the choral novel by Antonella Marascia – Friday, March 1, 2024, at 6 p.m.

Presentation of the book: “Our Father’s Shelter Center” by Fr. Francesco Michele Stabile at the church of the Vincentian Sisters in Palazzo Butera – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

Presentation of the book: “Our Father’s Shelter Center” by Fr. Francesco Michele Stabile at the church of the Vincentian Sisters in Palazzo Butera – Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.

50th Birth of the Guttuso Museum: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Press conference for the opening of the new exhibit on the second floor – Open to visitors starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

50th Birth of the Guttuso Museum: Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4:30 p.m. Press conference for the opening of the new exhibit on the second floor – Open to visitors starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024

CarniLivari Baaria 2024 concludes with “The carnival of Bagheria students” – Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 8:30 a.m.

CarniLivari Baaria 2024 concludes with “The carnival of Bagheria students” – Tuesday, Feb. 13 starting at 8:30 a.m.

“The Carnival of the Little Ones” continues CarniLivari Baaria 2024 – Monday, February 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.

“The Carnival of the Little Ones” continues CarniLivari Baaria 2024 – Monday, February 12 starting at 8:30 a.m.

The seaside hamlet of Aspra with “Carnival at Sea” – Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The seaside hamlet of Aspra with “Carnival at Sea” – Sunday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day benefit concert at Villa Ramacca –  Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Valentine’s Day benefit concert at Villa Ramacca – Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m.

Carnivarians Baaria 2024: “Carnival in progress.” – Thursday, Feb. 8 demonstration on Corso Umberto I

Carnivarians Baaria 2024: “Carnival in progress.” – Thursday, Feb. 8 demonstration on Corso Umberto I

Carnilivari in Baaria: “U carnalivari du Màu” will be inaugurated on 6 February – Visitable until February 13th at Villa San Cataldo

Carnilivari in Baaria: “U carnalivari du Màu” will be inaugurated on 6 February – Visitable until February 13th at Villa San Cataldo

Presentation of the book, “The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentation of the book, “The Villa of Alchemy. Alchemical and esoteric elements of Villa Palagonia” by Piero Montana – Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Bagheria prepares for “CarniLivari Baaria 2024” – Kicking off Feb. 4 program of carnival events

Bagheria prepares for “CarniLivari Baaria 2024” – Kicking off Feb. 4 program of carnival events

“Domina Bacharia” the fifth mural of the exhibition opens – Monday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m.

“Domina Bacharia” the fifth mural of the exhibition opens – Monday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m.

Presentation of the book, “I am not a hero” by Roberto Ardizzone at the Anchovy Museum – Friday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Presentation of the book, “I am not a hero” by Roberto Ardizzone at the Anchovy Museum – Friday, Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

“Terra d’aMare” solo exhibition of Silvana Lanza at villa San Cataldo – From Feb. 17 until March 03, 2024

“Terra d’aMare” solo exhibition of Silvana Lanza at villa San Cataldo – From Feb. 17 until March 03, 2024

“Discussions on Alchemy” by Rosanna Balistreri – Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

“Discussions on Alchemy” by Rosanna Balistreri – Saturday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Solo exhibition by Salvatore Gumina “Sotir” – From 27 January until 11 February 2024

Solo exhibition by Salvatore Gumina “Sotir” – From 27 January until 11 February 2024

At Putìa di Buttitta seminar: The memory of “Turiddu Carnivali” – Tuesday 23 January 2024

At Putìa di Buttitta seminar: The memory of “Turiddu Carnivali” – Tuesday 23 January 2024

Anniversary of the death of Renato Guttuso – Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m.

Anniversary of the death of Renato Guttuso – Thursday, January 18 at 10:30 a.m.

“Differently autonomous” conference by the association Una Marcia in Più ODV ETS – Friday, January 19, 2024

“Differently autonomous” conference by the association Una Marcia in Più ODV ETS – Friday, January 19, 2024

At the Museo Dell’Acciuga in Aspra the presentation of the book: “Ainda” – Friday, January 12, 2024

At the Museo Dell’Acciuga in Aspra the presentation of the book: “Ainda” – Friday, January 12, 2024

“Photographic visions” collective exhibition at Villa San Cataldo – From 5 to 25 January 2024

“Photographic visions” collective exhibition at Villa San Cataldo – From 5 to 25 January 2024

Concert by Maestro Giovanni Moncada on the piano – Thursday 4 January 2024

Concert by Maestro Giovanni Moncada on the piano – Thursday 4 January 2024