exquisite invoice, they are in enamel (paste of powder and color)
and leaves of gold glue to weave of glass, sagacity that renders
them particularly shining. They tell the history of navata Old
Testament (centers them), some salienti scenes of the life of Christ
(presbiterio) and of it knows Peter and Paul to you (navate lateral).
Tutt' around figures of prophets, angels and knows to you to figure
entire or enclosed in medaglioni. The mosaics have been are executed
in two various moments. Antichi they go back to years ' 40 of the
XII sec, while those of the navata one center them, in the style
that is found again also to Monreale, are of years 6O-7O. All the
sequence of the scenes of the navata one centers has them one
didascalica function: it was true and just an instruction for images.
picture that illustrates the separation of the earth from the sea.
The land globe is a water sphere with to center three leaves of
earth (America and Oceania still had not been discovered) uniforms
from strisce of sea that form one Y, symbol of the Trinità. Tutt'
around the firmament, not still illuminated from stars. The scene
of the creation of Adam is observed also: one exists great
rassomiglianza between the face of God and that one of Adam
emphasized from the phrase in Latin: creavit ominem at imaginem
its. The scene of the Sin Originates introduces them one
particularitity: he is Adam who Eva in fact already has in mouth
the forbidden fruit and are already picking according to fruit. To
leave from the second part of the scene of the sacrifice of Caino
and Abel, when that is this last mind to the Getlteman, until the
picture that ritrae the family of Noè (comprised) the mosaics is
of the ottocenteschi rifacimenti, easy deductible what from the
style a lot different.
The scenes of the
presbiterio were instead destined to the clergy that had trarne
dull of reflection and not instruction. Here therefore that the
disposition of the scenes is not consequenziale and the choice is
stiff to emphasize the salienti moments of the life of Jesus (looks
at the skillful apse above all). The cupola that surpasses the
chorus is occupied from the Christ Pantocratore, encircled from
four archangels (recognizable from the crucigero globe) and four
angels. In the drum, figures of Biblical personages with in the
niches to the angles, the four Evangelisti. The Annunciation on
the arc that ago precedes the apse from frame to the Benedictory
Christ (in the washbowl) and to the Madonna in throne. To the
center of the sottarco, in a medaglione, the throne of the
judgment with the cross, to which the crown of thorns is hung, and
the dove. The transetto skillful washbowl of the apse) encircled
from scenes of the life of Christ is dominated from the image of
S. Paul (and on the time to botte the Pentacost, symbolized from
the dove it mails to the center in a medaglione that comes down on
all the apostles (below figures). Particularly beautiful the scene
of the Natività, with the arrival of the king magi introduces to
you is in travel (on left, the recognizable ones from the hat, a
cap frigio - conical - with the refolded tip to form one risen of
cube) that to the cospetto of the Child. Saint Giuseppe, on the
left of the Madonna, is seated on one typical sicialian chair. The
lunetta blue under the scene it represents the lavender of the
left it is dominated instead from the figure of S. Andrea (in the washbowl
of the apse), than in the XIV sec. it has replaced that most ancient one
than S. Peter, to which the Madonna with the Child is placed side by side
dictates to Odigitria (the one who that indicates the straight one via).
Of side, preech of Giovanni Batiste in the desert. The lateral navate ones
instead are occupied from scenes of the life of S. Paul (to leave from the
beginning of navata the lateral right) and of S. Peter (from the last
navata picture of skillful and the long all lateral the left). Here of
continuation the raffigurazioni of the navata one are listed center them.
Navata centers them: Old Testament - it is begun up from the skillful
navata one and all the first registry is followed then that continues
along the left navata one, according to registry always leaving from the
skillful navata one.