Realized by – Francesco and Vincenzo Biangardi in 1883
Ordered by – Juncio Gessolungo miners
It belongs to the Sacra lega San Michele Arcangelo association
Labor cost – Lire 900

It is the first group created by Biangardi following the disaster in the Gessolungo mine on November 12, 1881.
The scene depicts the moving encounter of Jesus with the pitiful Veronica, who, with compassion, dries with a veil the holy blood-drenched face that remained on the soft tissue.


Realized by – Francesco Biangardi in 1891
Ordered by – Butchers
It belongs to the congregation of butchers
Labor cost – Lire 1.300

The scene of this group takes place on the top of Golgota where Jesus is crucified.
At the foot of the cross, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary of Cleofe, the beloved apostle John and Mary Magdalene – who in a daze of despair embrace the cross – turn their gaze to Christ, who bleeds hanging from above the cross.

The descent from the cross

Realized by – Francesco and Vincenzo Biangardi in 1885
Ordered by – Juncio Tumminelli miners
It belongs to the Pietro D’Oro family
Labor cost – Lire 2.200

In the opinion of everyone this is Biangardi masterpiece, as they themselves have been able to translate the concept of Flemish painter Pier Paolo Rubens into a plastic form.
Eight characters are meant to put Jesus out of the cross, including Joseph and Nicodemus, who, suspended on the pillar of the stairs, uphold the exuberant burial of Christ who is entrusted to be entrusted to the hands of the pious women: Mary of Cleofe, Mary Magdalene, and the tatted Virgin Mother.


Realized by – Francesco and Vincenzo Biangardi in 1888
Ordered byBurgisi (Bourgeois class)
It belongs to the Co-operative bank San Michele
Labor cost – Lire 1.200

The work, composed by four characters, visually transmits the anguish and torment of the moment.
Jesus’ body, uncovered from the cross, has been gently placed in the arms of the Virgin Mary, who, filled with pain, with maternal affection looks at than torn body.
To the right there is John, the beloved of the twelve apostles, immersed in immense anguish, cries in silence, while Mary Magdalene, with tenderness, takes in her hand the Master

Conducted to the tomb

Realized by – Neapolitan school in 1853
Ordered byCandelora Congregation
It belongs to the congregation of bricklayers
Labor cost – Lire 1.275

The simulacrum built in Naples by an unknown sculptor is the oldest among the sixteen who today take part in the procession.
The scene depicts the moment when the body of Jesus is moved to the sepulcher by Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus and the Apostle John, who, taken with compassionate act, set their gaze on the martyrdom of the Nazarene.
Particularly guessed is the cadaveric abandonment of Christ, especially for the hanging arm hanging from the sacred Sindone.
The group of sorrows complete the Magdalene and the Virgin Mary, overwhelmed by suffering, turns her eyes to the sky.

Sacred Urn

Realized by – Francesco Biangardi in 1892
Ordered by – Clergy and civilians
It belongs to the Caltanissetta’s Clergy
Labor cost – Lire 4.000

The simulacrum is a precious wooden work with trapezoidal frames in which thwy are articulated with artwork, heads of seraphs, acanthus leaves, flowers and fruit of various shapes, covered with gold leaf.
On the summit there is an Angel who, hovering in flight on a silver cloud, clutches in his hands a ribbon bearing the words of the prophet Isaiah His Tomb will be glorius.
Inside, on the rich red velvet bed with gold embroideries, lies the dead Christ covered by a thin white velvet veil.

Our Lady of sorrows

Realized by – Francesco Biangardi in 1896; Giuseppe Emma 1975
Ordered by – Congregation of millers and keepers
It belongs to the congregation of carrier
Labor cost – 1896 group lire 1.200; 1975 statue unknown

The simulacrum originally composed of two characters present, at the foot of the cross, the Virgin Mary and a Seraphim, who came to comfort her, around which, scattered on the mountain, were the symbol of the Passion.
In the early twentieth century, due to a fire, the group went almost completely destroyed, with the exception of the Virgin’s face and the Angel – now at the diocesan museum.
In 1973, Giuseppe Emma, a valid sculptor from San Cataldo (small village near Caltanissetta) incorporated the parts saved by the fire in a new sculpture, which shows, in the true eyes of the sky, the profound suppleness and obedience to the divine design.

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