12th Century Mosaic Decorations in Palermo, Italy by Simon Lane

17 May 2024 @ 2:30 pm
Towner Cinema,
£12 (EAC Members £10)


This is a talk exploring how the Normans ended up in Sicily and their subsequent use of mosaics and the imagery authorised by the Norman Kings in Palermo, Sicily. The 60-year period of the Norman Kings (1130-1189) created a powerful and wealthy state, and established Sicily as a major force in the Mediterranean. The new rulers promoted a considerable building and renovation programme of Castles, Palaces and Churches many were decorated with mosaics. The use of mosaics appears an intentional plan to imitate and even surpass the mosaics of Rome and Constantinople. The quality of these surviving artworks culminated in the monumental decoration of the Cathedral at Monreale. A decoration which is the largest surviving mosaic programme in the world.

Simon Lane is a graphic artist and photographer who worked at the University of Sussex as the Art History Department Image Archivist for over 20 years.


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