Art: Sicilian Master

Sicily has only one great painter to boast of, but in the five centuries since his death he had never been paid the tribute of a big, retrospective show. Last week the city of Messina (pop. 220,790) was finally making belated amends, with the first major exhibition honoring its home town master, Antonello da Messina. It was a limited display, for Antonello's known works are few. But the show did include 15 religious paintings and portraits known to be from Antonello's own hand, plus ten more pictures hopefully attributed to him, and 100 by his Sicilian contemporaries and followers. The Antonellos...

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