Posted on 06/02/2012

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P4077065ac Cefalu Duomo Apse Mosaics and Christ Pantocrator

P4077065ac Cefalu Duomo Apse Mosaics and Christ Pantocrator
Said to be the most beautiful mosaics in Italy! Adapted for the Arab-Norman cathedral, this Christ has blond hair and clear eyes while the bear remains black!!! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; Artworks Presbyterium mosaic: It was probably planned that the entire church should be decorated in mosaic, but it was only completed in the presbyterium area; It still covers the apse and some half of the side walls; Roger II brought masters in the technique of mosaic from Constantinople; They adapted their traditional Byzantine decorative art to an architectural structure that was Northern European origin; The dominant figure of the decorative scheme is the bust of the Christ Pantocrator (meaning in glory), portrayed with his right hand raised in Benediction on the semi-dome of the apse; In his left hand he carries the Gospel of John, in which can be read, in Greek and Latin: "I am the light of the world, who follows me will not wander in the darkness but will have the light of life" (John, 8:12); The chief figures, that of the Christ Pantocrator and the Virgin Mary, are clothed in blue, given a great luminosity by the background of gold tiles; The work is of the highest order, having great elegance in the draping of the robes and sensitivity in the faces and gestures; It is considered the finest Byzantine mosaic in Italy and comparable to other fine Late Byzantine work from Constantinople; The Byzantine mosaic decoration was completed before 1170; The lower part and the side walls of the presbyterium were completed only in the 17th century, covering preceding paintings of which scarce traces remain today; Italy Sicily Mediterranean Island Palermo Province Cefalu Town Norman Cathedral.

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