Monthly Archives: February 2011

What is too much?

After examining the various dossiers about Poitou-Charentes, I’ve gained new insight on the intentions and ideas that brought about the construction of hundreds of Romanesque churches and how much places of ‘worship’  have changed compared to modern day churches. Each … Continue reading

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What is too much?

Considering the fact that hours upon hours and sometimes even centuries of work went into building each and every Romanesque church, I thought it would be interesting to research which images or scenes the artists chose to adorn those churches … Continue reading

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Biblical Symbolism

In our readings sur les sources de l’Art roman en Poitou-Charente, we’ve seen that animal themes from Eastern and Greek cultures were common in Romanesque art, especially atop the capitals of the many columns characteristic of l’Art roman. As I … Continue reading

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What is too much?

“À l’époque romane le symbole a une très grande importance.” – Translation: “In Roman times the symbol has a great importance.” (Roman art website) Symbols have had a huge part in human history, from the cave art in Lascaux to … Continue reading

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Monsters on the walls of the church

Symbolism permeates the Romanesque churches in Poitou-Charentes. Geometrical designs represent the harmony of God’s creations while animals and mythological monsters represent Biblical messages or warn Christians against sin. The images and sculptures decorate the churches in Poitou-Charentes and its walls. … Continue reading

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Interconnectivity among the Arts in Romanesque Cathedrals

“L’art des architectes et des maçons et celui des sculpteurs et des peintres sont intimement liés : il y a parfait accord entre le mur, le décor et la fonction des deux. L’ornementation souligne les articulations et met en avant … Continue reading

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The sirens of Chauvigny

Built in 1030, the Romanesque church in Chauvigny, Poitiers seems unusually tall and vaulting in the interior, perhaps suggesting the coming development of the Gothic style, where buttresses and other structural elements are introduced to support the vaulting style that … Continue reading

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