Duomo of Messina
The cathedral of Messina, named S. Maria, is the cathedral of the archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela.
It is located in the historic center of Messina, where it faces the façade and the bell tower on the large "Piazza del Duomo".
Triumphal Arch "Salvator Mundi"
The Mosaic of the central nave, commissioned by the Archdiocese of Messina, was built on the occasion of the 2000 Jubilee.
Original Sketch by G.A. sartorio
On September 16, 1930 Giulio Aristide Sartorio signed the contract for the execution of the mosaics of the Cathedral, committing himself to deliver in January 1931 the sketches for the entire decoration and within three years the full-size cartoons painted on canvas.
Only at the end of the last century, on the occasion of the Jubilee of 2000, the Archiepiscopal Curia succeeded in realizing a part of the decorations planned after the earthquake, choosing precisely those of Sartorio for the arch that opens the Transept towards the central nave.
From the original sketch by Sartorio, to the interpretation of lights, shapes and colors, essential in the art of mosaic, to create a unique work, as the artist intended. Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic, radiate energy and light, with the same force that transpires from the original sketch.
Mosaic is not just reproduction or interpretation, but the mosaic itself is art.
Venetian enamels and gold leaf mosaic.
External view of the Duomo of Messina
View of the central nave, the triumphal arch and the apse of the Duomo of Messina