The Capitania Tower dates back to the XNUMXth century. Now home to a museum, it still has the cells of the Bourbon prison intact. It houses the permanent exhibition of Maestro Gaetano Miani.
It houses an important painting by Tiziano Vecellio, Pope Paul III Farnese with his head covered by the camauro. The portrait in question differs from the others because it seems to be the youngest of all and, given the measurements of the canvas and the effigy, the most life-size. Given the age, the pontiff and the natural size of the figure, one might think that it could be precisely the painting mentioned by Giorgio Vasari: having Titian painted the portrait of Pope Paul III Farnese in Bologna, he put it on the balcony to dry the paints. whereupon the Bolognese, thinking it was the Pope himself, respectfully bowed. Certainly they would not have bowed if the figure had not shown a certain likelihood even in size. If we examine the four portraits which show an older age, one can think that Paul III, being in Bologna to meet Charles V in 1543, must have shown a younger age than the other portraits which appear to have been painted later in Rome.
Spring 2017 event “Rubens and the painting of the Counter-Reformation”.
It is the first time that Rubens, the greatest Flemish painter of all time, has been exhibited in Sicily.
The exhibition, centered on Pieter Paul Rubens and the Italian and European painting of the Counter-Reformation, will be hosted for the first time in Sicily, from 23 April to 31 July, in the Capitania Tower. Two jewels of the Flemish painter will be exhibited: "Madonna with child" (1617) and "Lot with the family fleeing from Sodom" (1615). As a corollary, 10 other oil paintings on canvas: "Santa Caterina d'Alessandria" and "Sant'Agata Vergine e Martire" by Scipione Pulzone; "Mercury and the crooked woodcutter" by Salvator Rosa; "St. Francis in Ecstasy" by Gerrit Van Honthorst; "St. John the Baptist" by Luca Giordano; "St. Paul visiting the prison of Sant'Agata" by Pietro Novelli; "Glory of the Martyrs" and "Glory of the Virgins" by Fra Simple from Verona. "It is proof - says Mayor Fabio Venezia - that culture stimulates the economy and brings employment to small villages"