Master ceramist Domenico Pinto has dedicated a series dedicated to Frederick II of Swabia’s women – on display until April 9th, 2015 in a 13th-century grotto dug underground, at the heart of his hometown Grottaglie.
The spotlight will be on the female figures that marked the life of the man his contemporaries nicknamed “wonder of the world”: his mother Constance, whom Dante placed high up in his “Paradise”; his first wife, Constance of Aragon, whom the emperor married for political reasons when he was only fifteen.
But Pinto has gone beyond the female stars in the constellation of the House of Hohenstaufen, creating a total of twenty-two statues in ‘ingobbiata’ and ‘invetriata’ terracotta, with glazing and pure gold, of all the important figures in Frederick’s life: Manfred of Sicily (his son,
Blond […], beautiful, and of noble aspect as Dante described him), Pietro della Vigna (
who held / Both keys to Frederick’s heart, again quoting Dante), and many more.
A gallery of great men and women in history, in a wonderful, hidden corner of Apulia.