Paintings in the Church Altar Area

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25,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
90,300,1,50,12,25,50,1,70,12,1,50,1,1,1,5000
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Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", cm. 275x721 Egg tempera on wood
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, Egg tempera on wood
The Etimasia Throne
The Etimasia Throne
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles with the Virgin Mary and an Archangel Egg tempera on wood
The Church awaits the return of Christ
The Church awaits the return of Christ
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles with St. John the Baptist and an Archangel Egg tempera on wood
The Church awaits the return of Christ
The Church awaits the return of Christ
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles Andrew and Peter, Virgin Mary and an Archangel Egg tempera on wood
The Church awaits the return of Christ
The Church awaits the return of Christ
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles Egg tempera on wood
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostoli: Paolo, Mattia, Giacobbe,San Giovanni Battisa e Arcangelo Egg tempera on wood
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles, Egg tempera on wood
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ"
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood, diameter cm. 400
Christ in Glory - Cristo in Gloria
Christ in Glory - Cristo in Gloria
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Christ in Glory - Cristo in Gloria
Christ in Glory - Cristo in Gloria
Upper: Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana; down: Adoration of the Magi - Adorazione dei Magi; center: icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana
Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Detail from Wedding at Cana - Nozze di Cana.
Adoration of the Magi - Adorazione dei Magi. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Adoration of the Magi - Adorazione dei Magi.
Adoration of the Magi - Adorazione dei Magi.
Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos.
Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos.
Detail from Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail from Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos.
Detail from Icon of the Theotokos - icona della Theotokos.
Upper: Serafini; down: Archangels. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood, cm. 300x250
Upper: Serafini; down: Archangels.
Upper: Serafini; down: Archangels.
Archangels. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Archangels
Archangels
Serafin. San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Serafin
Serafin
Icon of Christ breaking bread San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Icon of Christ breaking bread
Icon of Christ breaking bread
Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi, Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Agatha and Saint Lucia - San Giovanni Battista, Sant'Agata e Santa Lucia San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi
Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi
Detail with Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi, San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail with Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi
Detail with Washing of the Feet - Lavanda dei piedi
Detail with Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian - Martirio di San Sebastiano, San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail with Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Detail with Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Detail with St. Agatha and Saint Lucia, San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Detail with St. Agatha and Saint Lucia
Detail with St. Agatha and Saint Lucia
Side A - Crucifixion with scenes: the Nativity of Christ, Baptism, Last Supper and Descent into Hell - Lato A - Crocifissione con le scene: Natività di Cristo, Battesimo, Ultima cena e Discesa agli inferi; Side B - Etimasia with symbols of the Evangelists - Lato B - Etimasia con gli simboli degli Evangelisti; San Sebastiano Church in Maniace. Egg tempera on wood
Double-faced Crucifix
Double-faced Crucifix
Central panel, "The Church awaits the return of Christ", Apostles with the Virgin Mary and an Archangel Egg tempera on wood
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace.
San Sebastiano Church in Maniace.

 

The Church of San Sebastiano in Maniace (Catania) offers a large iconographic program of a total area of more than one hundred square meters. The paintings can be divided into two groups. The first corresponds to the area of the altar, the second - the Via Crucis.

The Altar Area includes the altarpiece, a cm. 275x 721 wooden panel; two semi-cylindrical niches size cm. 300x250. At the top a star with a diameter of cm. 400. The complex also includes an oval painting of the Mother of God, cm. 103x75, an icon of Christ that breaks the bread, a double-faced processional crucifix and two long and narrow panels of the altar table.

The composition of the central panel has as its theme: "The Church awaits the return of Christ" and it develops the scheme of Deesis (the Intercession) with in the center the Throne of Hetoimasia to which, addressed in an attitude of supplication, follow the Mother of  God and St. John the Baptist, the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and the Apostles. The background with elements of architecture symbolizes the heavenly Jerusalem, all projected on a yellow sky, a symbol of the divine light as in the golden mosaics of the great cathedrals.

On top a eight points star-shaped panel to with a diameter of cm. 400 presents the Christ in Glory, that remembers the Pantocrator of Byzantine domes or in the main apse of the Norman churches of Sicily.

The right niche is divided into two compositions: top "The Wedding at Cana" and under "The Adoration of the Magi". The left niche houses an impressive stone sculpture that contains the ciborium. This has influenced the pictorial composition – on the sides of the sculpture there are two archangels as guards; on top - two seraphim at the ends of a protecting veil. All on a yellow background that evokes the golden fund of the mosaics of the Norman churches of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù.

An icon of Christ breaking bread serves as the door to the ciborium. At the center of the right niche, the icon of the Mother of God of the Sign. Together the two icons on the left and right of the altarpiece, though of different sizes and shapes, evokes the imperial icons in Byzantine churches.

A double-faced processional crucifix is exposed before the altar. Two long and narrow panels are located on the base of the altar table.