Romanesque Decorative Arts

Decorative art from the Romanesque was focused around decoration of the church -the walls, the ceilings, the floors, the entries, the columns, the capitals, almost every square inch of the church as a form of propaganda for the church itself and its beliefs. Manuscripts were common among tapestry, use of bright color and use of metals. Below, in order, are Romanesque decorative art photos starting with a chalice (used for drinking in celebration or ritualistic practices), an elaborate reliquary, a window made from glass pieced together to evoke color and presence, and a sculpted portal (entryway) –because this was their largest form of decoration.

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