This elegant Baroque church, as well as the very near Church of Santa Teresa, was designed by architect G. Amato and built between 1678 and 1684. The impressive facade of Santa Maria della Pietà, in front of the recently restored 17th-century Petrulla Palace, is one of the best examples of Baroque style in Palermo. Two lines of long white marble columns stand out against the ochre tufa stone wall enclosing fine statues of saints. The decoration is completed by a fancy central rose window and a fine statue of St. Domenico by G. Vitagliano, which is also the designer of the lateral portal. The interiors are embellished with white stucco decorations, mainly by the Serpottas and N. Sanseverino, as well as by very bright 18th-century Baroque paintings. The frescoes of the main vault representing the Triumph of the Dominican Order were painted in 1708 by Antonio Grano. The vault of the lodge by the entrance was decorated by the Flemish painter Borremas, who represented stories of Dominican saints’ lives.
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