MOSAIC ARTIST, Italian
(active 1145-60 in Cefalù)
Apse mosaic (detail)1145-60
Beneath the apse calotte with its Pantocrator figure the mosaic is divided into three registers. Mary occupies the centre of the top one, where she is pictured as an intercessor. Turning toward her in reverence are the archangels Michael and Raphael on the left, and Gabriel and Uriel on the right. In the two lower registers, interrupted by the apse window in the centre, the apostles are pictured on a somewhat smaller scale.
The picture shows Sts Paul, John, Luke (top), Simon, Bartholomew, Thomas (bottom) on the apse wall, right to the window.