Mosaic of the Madonna from Palermo Cathedral

Museo Diocesano di Palermo1130/1189

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Norman kings invited Byzantine mosaicists from Constantinople to Sicily to decorate their cathedrals and palaces. They created spectacular, Byzantine-style golden mosaics. This mosaic shows a Byzantine image, the Virgin Mary as Advocate, arms raised as she intercedes with Christ on behalf of the human race. It is all that remains 
of the extensive mosaic decor made in Palermo Cathedral during the reigns of Roger II and William II.


  • Title: Mosaic of the Madonna from Palermo Cathedral
  • Creator: Museo Diocesano di Palermo
  • Date Created: 1130/1189
  • Location Created: Palermo, Sicily
  • Medium: glass, marble, stone and gold leaf

  • Copyright: Museo Diocesano di Palermo

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