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Cristina Mirabilis


Academy of Fine Arts of Catane

Curator: Francesco di Vincenzo

325137-139 En Féronstrée

Christine was never beatified by the Catholic Church but she is venerated as: a saint in Belgium in Limburg and Flemish Brabant; spiritual guide of the most important men of her time and consequently controlled by the Inquisition; refuge and comfort for persecuted women; protagonist of miracles and marvelous events, hence the name-attribute of Mirabilis; inspiration for Dante Alighieri – see his poem Divina Commedia (the Divine Comedy) – and Nick Cave – see the song Christina The Astonishing.

Christina of Sint-Truiden is the protagonist who inspired the artists of the Academy of Fine Arts of Catania for this edition of Art au Centre. Her feminism is the same feminism of the early days, that of Hildegard of Bingen, for example, who lived at the same era in neighboring Germany. From the Amazonian civilization of history and mythology through the experiences of all these women who built sharing and protecting communities, Christina’s relationship with the Beguin convent emerges, another entirely feminine experience that characterized the communities of northern Europe, particularly Belgium.

Our window is a tribute to the figure of Christina and the mission that God assigned to her: redeeming the sins of humanity through personal sacrifice and suffering.

Francesco di Vincenzo