Saints Agatha, Anthony Abbot, and Blaise

12th-13th century
Mosaic
Monreale Cathedral, Sicily

The mosaic typifies the mixture of eastern and western influences in the cathedral. Here the portraiture partly follows Orthodox patterns, but the inscriptions are in Latin.

Western iconography uses a crozier to signify an abbot or bishop, as is the case here with Anthony. But otherwise the iconography is Orthodox. Agatha carries a hand cross, the symbol in the east of a holy martyr. Instead of a crozier, Blaise's status as a bishop is signified by his vestments and book.

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More of St. Agatha
More of St. Anthony Abbot
More of St. Blaise

Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.