The intact wonder of Antica Farmacia di Roccavaldina
Since its foundation in 1628, Antica Farmacia di Roccavaldina, in Sicily, has gathered a wonderful collection of ceramic artifacts. The collection includes the only three existing vases by Antonio Patanazzi, a refined Renaissance ceramic artist with a mysterious story. Patanazzi owned a workshop in Urbino since 1540, but the only three pieces he put his initials on date back to 1580. Researchers and experts are kept wondering why he decided to claim paternity over his works only at the end of his career.
Most of the 238 splendid items kept in Antica Farmacia di Roccavaldina, however, are attributed to Patanazzi’s workshop (where his two sons also worked), where they were made for a perfume maker from Messina around 1580. Flasks, small carafes, amphorae, and albarelli were later donated to the local Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, which managed the spice shop.
The collection has a huge value because it is completely intact, while most similar collections from the same age are either dispersed or gravely patchy.
Today the pharmacy takes us back to the 17th century, with all of its wonders.