Rebab secolo XII
Description by the artist
Rebab XII century Palatine Chapel of Palermo. Ceramics by Carmelo Ruffino, Randazzo, decoration by Marco Monforte, Taormina, parts in spruce wood , beech and kid skin. This is an interpretation of the paintings on the ceiling of the Palatine Chapel in Palermo. It is the result of a collaboration between Sicilian artists. The description of the instrument appears in the book: L’instrumentarium du Moyen Age. La restitution du son. Sous la direction de Welleda Muller. Paris, L’Harmattan.
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.
Photo: Palermo, Engraving with the square of the Royal Palace lookingtowards the Palace, Porta Nuova and a portion of Via Toledo (now Corso Vittorio Emanuele), 1842