(active 1150s in Palermo)

Narthex (detail)

Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, Palermo

Two mosaics in the narthex of the Martorana is specific to this church. One pictures the donor, George of Antioch, cowering at the feet of the Madonna, who holds a ribbon inscribed in Greek with a prayer for his soul. She thus functions as intercessor between the donor and the figure of Christ giving his blessing in the upper right corner. With the other mosaic George paid homage to his king. It pictures Roger II, dressed in Byzantine court finery, receiving a pearl-encrusted crown from Christ. The two mosaics are not in their original locations; they probably came from the church's former narthex.

The picture shows the donor George of Antioch at the Madonna's feet.

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