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Cefalù cathedral, mosaics, apse wall, apostles and evangelists

Cefalù cathedral, mosaics, apse wall, apostles and evangelists

Twelve saints stand in two rows in the mosaics in the lower part of the apse in Cefalù below the larger figures of Mary and the archangels and the great Pantocrator in the semidome. Though commonly described as the twelve apostles, the group includes St. Paul and the evangelists, Luke and Mark. This arrangement may be referred to as the “theological” apostles with three of the New Testament writers – crucial to the spread of Christianity – replacing three of the lesser apostles named among the twelve followers of Jesus in the Gospels. These are the six figures on the left side: in the upper row, St. Peter is followed by the evangelists, Sts. Matthew and Mark; in the lower row, St. Andrew (at the right – near the center of the apse) is followed by Sts. James and Philip. These mosaics were completed by the time of the dated mosaic inscription of 1148 which begins (as shown here) by celebrated the role of King Roger II (“Rogerius rex egregius plenis pietatis...”) as patron of the building. D'Emilio photo archive no. s19780715_1921u (13.4.20/JD)
Galleries: Apostles as a group, Italy 1140s, Mosaic, Mosaics, interior, Cefalù cathedral, Mosaics on apse and choir walls, St. Andrew, apostle, St. James the Greater, apostle, St. Mark, evangelist, St. Matthew, apostle and evangelist, St. Peter, apostle, St. Philip, apostle, Tituli in mosaics
Keywords: apostles, rows
Photo Location: Cefalù, Italy
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3514×5286
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22649