imago clipeatae

The eighteen nave of the Monreale Cathedral features Corinthian capitals, restored in 1811, figured with imagines clipeatae amid cornucopias. In particular, the nine figured capitals feature figures of women crowned with diadems, adorned with veils, and could perhaps represent the goddesses Juno or Ceres. The figured capitals, unlike the Corinthian ones, are slightly larger. The capitals, as well as the columns, in Monreale probably came from Rome and may date from the time of Hadrian. This shows a strong sensitivity to ancient art.