SS. Philip, Bartholomew, and Luke Mosaics, Monreale Cathedral
Cathedral of the Assumption, Monreale, Sicily
The cross, flaying knife, and ox that western images give these saints in this period are absent: though constructed under the aegis of a Catholic king and bishop, the cathedral was decorated in a largely Byzantine style. St. Philip is presented as traditional in eastern-influenced images: a beardless youth with a bifurcated forelock, holding a scroll in the left hand and blessing the viewer with the right. St. Bartholomew has his conventional curly hair.
The Greek inscriptions at the top identify each of the saints.
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Read more about St. Philip, St. Bartholomew, and St. Luke.
Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.