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The first segment of the "Credo" series, using the Monreale mosaics, is now available on You Tube. It shows the 7 Days of Creation. I think it extraordinary. The theological and artistic commentaries are in Italian. But, if your Italian is rudimentary, you can still enjoy the mosaics, the gesticulating hands of the Camaldolese monk, and the melodic language of Dante.

 

 

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I have never seen anything quite like this! In some of the other scenes, God/Christ is shown sitting on a circle. I would be interested in knowing more about what that means. Always appreciate the art posts.

Lovely, thanks.

Many thanks.I ALMOST made it there once ... Ah well, at least I have been twice to San Miniato al Monte.

Beautiful! But it takes time to look at it and understand what each image means. I was also struck by the attitude of Christ sitting and resting on the seventh day. Is the circle the world?

That image appears briefly at 16:07 and again at more length starting at 17:15.

If your Italian isn't even rudimentary, you can hit the cc button at the bottom right of the YouTube screen, turn on captions, and then select translation to English. Always a crap shoot idiomatically, but better than nothing.

THANK YOU! Much better views than one could ever hope to get from ground level, and a great chance to work on my Italian comprehension (which has been growing by leaps and bounds since Francis was elected)... This is wonderful--please post the sequels as they emerge.

Jean,according to the art historian, Sara Magister, in her commentary, God is seated upon "the globe of the cosmos."Ellen, I will certainly try to post each one as it appears. When I was in Rome recently, I met the new Archbishop of Monreale, and he invited me to visit (I had been there once fifty years ago!). God willing, I hope to return.