Born and died in Palermo (1652-1732), Serpotta was a true master in working with stucco.
Stucco was a difficult medium to work with as it was drying very fast not leaving much time for correcting mistakes. One day Serpotta came up with the idea of adding marble dust to the stucco mix giving the final sculpture a more lustrous effect, when I saw the statues for the first time I thought they were made of marble that is how amazing the effect was.
Serpotta's best representation of his work can be found at the Oratorio Santa Cita . That is why on my last visit to Palermo in February I visited this chapel .
Tickets costs 5 euros per person, you can also visit the Oratorio San Domenico a couple of minutes walk away by using the same ticket where you can admire more art-work of Giacomo Serpotta.