A completion to the Photographic Maps are the Texts divided in two volumes: Essays is the first, which finds historical and artistic classification of the Chapel, articulated through the contribution of scholars of different disciplines, supervised by Beat Brenk, curator of the volume. The historical events of Sicilian domination, the symbolic meaning of the Chapel, architecture, mosaics, sculptures, murquarnas, the antique and recent restorations are all treated topics in the essays. Following is the Report volume: each report analyzes and comments the corresponding photograph in the book, becoming frequently a true brief essay dedicated to a specific work of art, accompanied by images of confrontation and cross-references to other parts of the Mirabilia.
The volume is completed by a name index and by an exhaustive bibliography on the Palatine Chapel.