Romanesque Symbols/Motifs

Motifs: the round arch, corbel tables (projecting walls composed of brackets connected by round arches), animals, grotesques figures, fantastic figures, foliage, zigzags, geometric forms, and linen fold.

Symbols: the rose (normally shown as a window display), the symbols of the zodiac, Christ, Mary, the bishop, the cross, the peacock, birds, etc.

Below are examples of some symbols/motifs: beginning with a comparative of different leaf sculptures against the Romanesque, a rose window, a portal’s arch – birds, leaves, figures, – a peacock sculpture, and finally a zodiac Pisces shown by fish.

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