Description by the artist
Print on canvas, with retouching by the artist.
It is a Dame that represents with all of herself one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily: Cefalù. The Dame wears the majestic Arab-Norman Cathedral, a Unesco World heritage Site. On her head the municipal logo with the tower, the three silver mullets and the golden bison. To the shoulders two small branches, one of laurel and the other of olive tree. From the neck you can see the beautiful dress that takes up the mosaic decorations that are inside the cathedral.
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The artwork in the Sicilian culture
The Arab-Norman art is a Sicilian wonder. After three centuries of Byzantine domination and two centuries of Arab domination here come the Normans whose kings are literally charmed by the Arab architecture. Here is that an extraordinary thing happens: the Norman kings summon the Arab architects and together they elaborate a mixture of styles and cultures giving to the posterity what we today define Arab-Norman art, patrimony of the humanity. Among the most significant monuments we remember in Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Martorana church, the Norman Palace, St. John of the Hermits church. To them are added the cathedral of Monreale and that of Cefalù. In the beautiful Palatine Chapel we admire splendid Byzantine mosaics on a gold background, muqarnas vaults and typically Arab domes as well as geometric designs on lava stone and Romanesque capitals.
The Cathedral of Cefalù (Duomo di Cefalù) is a wonderful construction in Arab-Norman style of 1131, built at the behest of King Roger. The large terraced entrance square and the two imposing towers dominate the square where the church is located. Inside, beautiful mosaics dominate the building. Among them stands out the figure of Christ Pantocrator.
Photo: Cefalù, cathedral facade seen from the square, watercolor, 1843