Pictures & Images of Romanesque Art, Paintings, Frescoes & Sculpture - { 543 images } Created 20 Nov 2016

Pictures images and photo of Romanesque Art - Frescoes, paintings and sculptures. Romanesque art is the art of Europe from approximately 1000 AD to the rise of the Gothic style in the 12th century, or later depending on region. In England Norman art and architecture is the countries name for Romanesque art. The term Romanesque was invented by 19th-century art historians, especially for Romanesque architecture, which retained many basic features of Roman architectural style – most notably round-headed arches, but also barrel vaults, apses, and acanthus-leaf decoration – but had also developed many very different characteristics. Outside Romanesque architecture, the Romanesque art of the period was characterised by a vigorous style in both sculpture and painting. The latter continued to follow essentially Byzantine iconographic models for the most common subjects in churches, which remained Christ in Majesty, the Last Judgment, and scenes from the Life of Christ. Colours in Romanesque art were very striking, and mostly primary. In the 21st century: these colours can only be seen in their original brightness in Romanesque stained glass, and a few well-preserved manuscripts. Stained glass became widely used, although survivals are sadly few. The large wall surfaces and plain, curving vaults of the Romanesque period lent themselves to mural decoration. Unfortunately, many of these early Romanesque wall paintings have been destroyed by damp or the walls have been re-plastered and painted over. In England, France and the Netherlands such pictures were systematically destroyed or whitewashed in bouts of Reformation iconoclasm. In Denmark and elsewhere many Romanesque artworks have since been restored. In Catalonia (Spain), there was a campaign to save Romanesque murals in the early 20th century (as of 1907) by removing them and transferring them to safekeeping in Barcelona, resulting in the spectacular Romanesque collection at the National Art Museum of Catalonia. In other countries they have suffered from war, neglect and changing fashion. A classic Romanesque scheme for the full painted decoration of a church, derived from earlier examples often in mosaic, had, as its focal point in the semi-dome of the apse, Christ in Majesty or Christ the Redeemer enthroned within a mandorla, symbols of the Four Evangelists. On the Romanesque apse walls below would be saints and apostles. On the Romanesque sanctuary arch were figures of apostles, prophets or the twenty-four "elders of the Apocalypse", looking in towards a bust of Christ at the top of the arch. On the rear west wall would be a Last Judgement, with an enthroned and judging Christ at the top. Download as royalty free stock photos or order as photo art prints.

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