DISCOVER ROMANESQUE: Pictorial and sculptural decoration

Pictorial and sculptural decoration

In the absence of the great portals typical of French cathedrals and northern Italy, either sculpted or preceded by prothyra, sculptural decoration was restricted to Lombard band corbels in the exteriors and to capitals (often ancient or neo-ancient) in the interiors. Starting from the second half of the 12th century, narrations would unfold onto lintels and presbyterial furnishings, mostly pulpits and baptismal fonts. In a subsequent period, decoration would focus onto open-dwarf-gallery façades, after the Pisan cathedral model at first and, later, following the example of Lucca cathedral, under Guidi household’s workers.
Sacred stories were depicted in great polychrome groups sculpted in wood as well as in paintings covering the walls, now got lost, almost anywhere.



The time of Romanesque