Dama Cefalù

Paintings Acrylic on canvas


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.


Details and dimensions

Materials: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (cm): Height 80, Width 40
Handcrafted in Sicily

The artwork in the Sicilian culture

By the Governance of Sicilian Artisan Foundation


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

The Governance also suggests

The objective of the Governance is both to safeguard the traditions and ancient crafts of the people of Sicily, and to sustain economically the Artisans and the Artists, both the real ethno-anthropologists of the country.
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