Oratorio del Rosario in San Domenico

sights / Religious

Oratorio del Rosario in San Domenico information

Palermo , Italy
Street Via dei Bambinai 2
admission €2.50, for joint ticket incl Oratorio del Rosario in Santa Cita €4
Opening hours
9am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm Sat
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This small chapel was commissioned by the Society of the Rosary of San Domenico and is dominated by Anthony Van Dyck's fantastic blue-and-red altarpiece, The Virgin of the Rosary with St Dominic and the Patronesses of Palermo . Van Dyck left Palermo in fear of the plague, and painted the work in Genoa in 1628.

Also gracing the chapel are Giacomo Serpotta's amazingly elaborate stuccos (1710–17), vivacious and whirling with figures. Serpotta's name meant 'lizard' or 'small snake', and he often included one of the reptiles in his work as a sort of signature – see if you can find one here!