Late Byzantine mosaics

In the hills behind Paler­mo, Sici­ly, is the com­mu­ni­ty of Mon­reale — “Roy­al Moun­tain” — and the Cathe­dral of the Assump­tion of the Vir­gin, built by a Nor­man King of Sici­ly in the late 12th cen­tu­ry, that con­tains a huge and spec­tac­u­lar col­lec­tion of late Byzan­tine mosaics in gleam­ing gold, mar­ble, glass and lapis lazuli.

This is the third and last part of my short series on Byzan­tine mosaics from the 5th to the 13th cen­turies in Raven­na and Sici­ly. All images were made in Sep­tem­ber, 2018. You’ll find oth­er mosa­ic posts on my site on the Roman-Byzan­tine mosaics and clas­sic Sixth Cen­tu­ry mosaics in Raven­na — the Ital­ian cap­i­tal of the Byzan­tine emper­or Justinian.

A PDF book of images from Mon­reale (18Mb) can be down­loaded here. Below are some thumb­nails of the pages which are much more impres­sive seen full-screen on your tablet or on your com­put­er (Adobe Acro­bat read­er is the best viewer).


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