Harmonious Light

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The Norman cathedral at Cefalù is world-renowned for its elegant amalgamation of architectural styles. Inaugurated in 1990, the stained glass windows designed by Palermo artist Michele Canzoneri offer a modern element. They are 72 abstract designs that were inspired by stories from the Old and New Testaments. Canzoneri sought to exploit the natural light entering the church through the stained glass,  and how it harmonically converses with the spiritual aesthetic of the Medieval cathedral—a beautiful approach when one considers that the inscription accompanying the central Christ Pantocrator mosaic (from the Gospel of John) translates to, “I am the light of the world. Who follows me will not wander in the darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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