San Giuseppe Church in Mazzarrone, Sicily
In the Church of St. Joseph in Mazzarrone, Sicily, the apse hosts an artwork of Vasile Mutu, a egg tempera mural.
The apsidal dome of S. Giuseppe Church contains the scene of, Deesis. In the centre, the figure of Christ, enthroned and blessing. At the sides, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph in an attitude of supplication.
The choice of theme was suggested by an almost cubic form of the interior of the church and by the imposing apse. It was felt the need to give this liturgical space a sense of intense character of worship and prayer. In the most Christian middle ages the central apse was considered the most important and full of sanctity in the interior of the church. There was painted the Christ as the supreme symbol of the destination of the Christian Way. The great Norman churches of Sicily, and not only them, prove it fully.
In the case of St. Joseph Church in Mazzarrone, the location and the relation of the apse with the nave, induced to think in this direction. The relatively low height of the apse with his breadth advised against the portrayal of the figure of Christ as in the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalu. Instead the composition of Intercession seemed to be the perfect solution to enhance and enrich this space.
The artwork is a reminder of the most ancient tradition of the decor of the churches, but also the gold of the Norman cathedrals of Sicily, with its yellow background suggests that the gold mosaics.