Art Cosmopolitan model: Catherina Zavodnik
Photography and video production: Mario Biondi
From Certaldo alto to Anchiano and San Galgano... Who´s daughter am I? Many have indicated the place of San Galgano as a possible hiding place of the Holy Grail. Testimonies speak of a secret underground cavity which is accessed by moving a single stone in the floor of the anteroom. No one has yet succeeded in finding the secret passage, but in addition, the Grail and the Sword in the Stone point to a connection that may exist between Galgano and King Arthur, that they could perhaps be one in the same person?
What is certain, is that in the representations of the Knights of the Round Table, the Sword Excalibur often appears in the hands of Galvano and the mysteries of Montesiepi do not end here. When Galgano dies, the round chapel is built, which according to many scholars constitues a real book in stone. Whomever is able to interpret it, will then know the secret of the Holy Grail. Galgano dies in 1181 and in record time the Church proclaims him a Saint. In fact, only four years later, Pope Lucius III acts with the swift canonization process of the Knight. Yet San Galgano was not a very venerated Saint during those years, in as much as, his message was inspired as an act of peace. Planting a sword in the stone to pray, was the opposite of what the church needed during the bellicose era of the Crusades. In the literature of that era it is possible that San Galgano becomes King Arthur and that his legendary sword was used instead to defy the infidels. A few years ago, a confirmation: the University of Pavia certified that the sword is actually from the 12th century. The Enigma of San Galgano, however, is likely to remain a mystery. The truth lies indeed impenetrable among the records regarding his canonization, kept in custody in the safe of the Consistory of Siena. A truth sealed for eternity? What seems certain is that the myth of King Arthur has completely stolen the true story of the Tuscan Saint and, perhaps, the real sword in the stone is here, in Italy.