The Chiesa dell’Immacolata Concezione in Capo Market is a supreme example of Sicilian baroque. Built up in a few months during 1612, its decoration took a century to be completed. The sober facade is inspired by the first Roman baroque style, similar to the Renaissance aesthetic, so the pomp of the interiors is unexpected. An uninterrupted decoration of multicolored marble inlays, bas-reliefs and statues cover the walls. The fine art of inlay is expressed at its best in four altar frontals representing city landscapes in perspective. The first chapel on the right is entitled to San Rosalia, whose statue by Carlo D’Aprile stands between two fancy spiral columns. Further on stands the statue of “Holy Mary” (1623) by Vincenzo Di Guercio. Next to the chancel, San Benedetto’s chapel hosts a painting by G. Velasco with the saint destroying idols. Above the main altar stands a fine canvas of the “Immacolata Concezione” by Pietro Novelli. The Aragona’s coat of arms in the presbytery are an omage to the commissioner, abbess Flavia Maria D’Aragona. A fine crucifix stands to the left on a rich reliquary. The beautiful chapel for Madonna Libera Inferni with a fine statue by Vincenzo Guercio (1635) is on this side by the entrance.
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