The Apse Mosaic at Cefalù Cathedral: Detail – SS. Paul, John the Evangelist, and Luke

12th century
Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Cefalù, Sicily

The three figures all wear sandals and hold books, a common features in images of the Apostles. The man on the left is labeled ΟΑΓΙΟC ΠΑΥΛΟC, St. Paul. As usual, he has a long, pointy beard and is balding from the front.

The man in the middle is labeled Ο ΑΓΙΟC Ιω[ΑΝΝΗΣ] Ο ΘΕΟΛΟΓΟC, "St. John the Theologian," known in the West as John the Evangelist. As usual in Orthodox images, he has a high forehead and a bifurcated white beard.

On the right is St. Luke (Ο ΑΓΙΟC ΛΟΥΚΑC). I do not know of any oother image of him with a tonsure, and the eleven other saints in this composition do not have tonsures, though Peter is shown balding from the back in the section on the left.

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