Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Robin O’Bryan


During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the Norman kingdom of Sicily sustained a variety of distinct cultures. Remnants of these cultures can be seen, both subtly and overtly, in the art and architecture of its capital city of Palermo, and the nearby city of Monreale. Through an analysis of the architectural and artistic features of the cathedral and cloister of Santa Maria la Nuova in Monreale, this paper discusses the cultural dynamic of Monreale. Particular consideration will be given to the elements of the Norman, Latin, Greek, and Islamic cultures incorporated in the construction of the complex.