Gold texture and Arabic inspired mosaics (eight branches stars) in the Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily.
Educated, open minded and tolerant, King Guillaume II of Sicily (1166-1189) appreciated culture and arts of North Africa and Middle East. He was called “Guillaume the good” and was the son of “Guillaume the bad” and the grand son of King Roger II. They all belonged to the Hauteville dynasty. Guillaume II was the last Norman King in Sicily. He is depicted in the gold mosaics in the Catherine of Monreale.
The Arabian art and culture are present in the Cathedral of Monreale namely with geometric mosaics (height branches stars, stars, polygons…). We see also the influence of the Byzantine art through the gold mosaics depicting biblical scenes, religious figures, Saints… The King of Sicily, Guillaume 2 is portrayed in gold mosaics in the Cathedral of Monreale.