The abundance of freshwater springs in the Etna area, was explained by the Greeks with the myth of Aci and Galatea, and legend has it seemed so beautiful that the filming itself Ovidio in his Metamorphoses.
The extraordinary beauty of the nymph Galatea, complexion white as the foam of the wave, had already lost the head to the rough Cyclops Polyphemus that, when he was infatuated, no longer causes the eruptions and hurled mountains against the most passing vessels.
But Galatea was horrified by the brute and trying to avoid it in every way, taking refuge in the woods.
In one of her long solitary walks, she was attracted by the sweet music of a flute. She went and saw a shepherd who played next to his flock. He was the young Aci. Just a moment, and the two struck a genuine passion and forget everything they threw themselves into each other's arms.
So Polyphemus, who was looking for the nymph, found them still embraced, not at all satisfied of their love. Look at them the wrath of the Cyclops was immense as his strength a hundredfold by jealousy regardless of pleas of Galatea, Polyphemus tore the top of Etna and flung on his rival, burying under the young Aci.
Galatea cried desperately and did not give peace until the Gods, moved with compassion, transformed the blood of Aci into a river, flowing from the rocks, poured into the sea and the beautiful Galatea was transformed into a white froth wave ready to embrace the waters of his beloved when it came to the mouth!
Since then the river Aci, therefore, flows invisible to occur only when at sea to reach the white foam of the waves, but his name is found in the names of all villages in the area, not only Acireale (most important), but also Aci Trezza, Aci Castello, Aci Catena, Aci San Filippo Aci Sant'Antonio Aci Bonaccorsi, Aciplatani, which thus continue to perpetuate the myth of the two tender lovers.
Not far from the coast, near the locality now known as "Capo Mulini" in a place not accessible by land, there is a small spring ferruginous called by locals “the blood of Aci” for its reddish colour.
The sculptural work Aci and Galatea was created by local sculptor Rosario Anastasi. In 1846 he participated in the Exhibition of Fine Arts in Palermo and won the gold medal with just this sculpture group.
The sculpture in the picture is a copy exposed to the Villa Belvedere of Acireale, while the original work is preserved at the Zelantea Art Gallery of Acireale.
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May 15, 2010 7:31:32 amby ShadowsNTime Homepage »
Wonderful story and image Maria! The sculpture is absolutely beautiful! I love learning about my friends areas and seeing the beautiful things that exist there. Awesome composition! Thank you so much for all the lovely comments you leave for me my friend!!!
May 15, 2010 9:14:06 amby Kaartijer Homepage »
Interesting story, excellent shot!
When I saw the title, I thought you wrote it in Romanian language... "Aci e Galatea" would translate as "Here is Galatea"! Of course, this is a country version, 'cause grammatically correct would be "Aici este Galatea"