“Art as an endless source of energy that fuels culture and ideas.”


“As a Sicilian company engaged in residential solar photovoltaics,” says Nino Scimeca of Enersystems – we are proud to contribute to making visible in Italy and around the world a fragment of the immense artistic heritage of our island: in fact, we believe that art, like renewable energy, represents an infinite and sustainable source of clean energy that fuels culture and ideas, thus generating future and progress. We think it was a happy intuition to bring Mattia Stomer ‘s work together with the 2015 Milan World Expo-the largest event ever held on food and nutrition-and with Vittorio Sgarbi. Wanting to venture a parallel with what Schopenhauer theorized, namely, that “The task is not to see what no one has seen yet, but to think what no one has yet thought about what everyone sees,” we are pleased to have been able and willing to grasp the connection between the important painting and the Expo theme: a union that marries the full approval of Professor Sgarbi, flowing into the cultural initiative wanted affnché to be recognized the right of national and international citizenship to the artistic heritage of the city of Caccamo, called by the historian Inveges “The Sicilian Carthage,” which for the first time finally comes out of the narrow margins of an exizial provincialism. My thanks go to the authorities with whom I interfaced and who pledged to issue all the necessary authorizations in a timely manner-Father Joseph Calderone and Cardinal Romeo, Superintendent Volpes, and Regional Councillor Purpura.”
“The idea that our time is the time of connections, and that everything is networked, allowing us to see the same images, to be connected with the world, in New York as in Isola delle Femmine,” comments Vittorio Sgarbi, “is a commonplace of a false idea of progress. It would otherwise be impossible to explain how in 1641, a great Dutch painter, of unquestionable mastery, and of course international, could leave one of his particularly challenging and valuable works in Caccamo, after having worked for the Alliata di Villafranca princes in Palermo. The altarpiece with St. Isidore of Caccamo is a challenging work, totally autograph, in which a perfected knowledge of Caravaggio is manifested,” adds the art critic, “enriched by renewed luministic research. The St. Isidore altarpiece is one of the masterpieces of seventeenth-century painting, born out of a formidable aesthetic urge indfferent of geographical latitudes. It expresses a universal value.”
“An important moment for our territory,” adds Fr. Joseph Calderone, archpriest of the Mother Church of Caccamo, where the work is kept-because to have recognized by an authority in the field of art, such as Professor Sgarbi, the value of this work, identified as one of the most beautiful in Italian artistic history, gives us hope about the expressive power of the artistic-monumental heritage of our city. This is a moment that should be a provocation for us, and an encouragement, for the constant enhancement of Sicilian assets, capable of inserting themselves in a circuit with a regional character not only for culture but also for the economy. I would like to thank all the authorities who enabled the organization of the event, as well as, for their active sponsorship, Enersystems of the Scimeca family.”