Epifanio Ferdinando and Maia Materdona's bas-relief

One of the main streets of Mesagne takes its name from the philosopher and doctor Epifanio Ferdinando.
At the end of via Epifanio Ferdinando there is a bas-relief (via Epifanio Ferdinando, 167) which represents Epifanio Ferdinando and Maia Materdona, who was an important poet that lived in the same period as Epifanio Ferdinando(XVII century). This bas-relief has been realized by Prof. Giuliano Di Latiano.


Epifanio Ferdinando is the man carved on the left, as indicated by the underlying text:" EPIFANIO FERDINANDO / FILOSOFO MEDICO E STORICO / MESAGNE 1569-1638". While the man on the right is Gianfrancesco Maia Materdona and the text below him reads:" GIANFRANCESCO MAIA MATERDONA / POETA E SCRITTORE / MESAGNE 1590-ROMA 1650"
Under the bas-relief you can read in Italian:” AMMINISTRAZIONE COMUNALE / POSE / IN ONORE DI / EPIFANIO FERDINANO / MAIA MATERDONA / MESAGNE / 9 GIUGNO 2008”. (“City council / placed / in honor of / Epifanio Ferdinando / Maia Materdona / Mesagne / 9th of June 2008”).

  • Photos and main text by Marianna Claudia Oriolo ti.liamtoh|oloiroannairam#| and Claudia Smarra moc.liamg|arrams.aidualc#| (December 2018), courtesy of Dott.Amedeo Elio Distante


  • Mario Marti e Domenico Urgesi, Epifanio Ferdinando, medico e storico del Seicento. Atti del convegno di studi (Mesagne, 28-29 maggio 1999), Besa Editrice, Nardò 1999
  • M. Luisa Portulano Scoditti e Amedeo Elio Distante, Atti del XLI Congresso Nazionale della Società Italiana Storia della Medicina, Mesagne 2001

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