Wednesday, April 28, 2010
There are several ways in which Romanesque art and architecture reflect the times in terms of their form, style and content. The term Romanesque means "Romanlike" and it came from its artistic form. Romanesque art is also known as the "artistic style that prevailed throughout Europe" around the tenth century to the mid twelfth century. The art of the Romanesque was characterized by its monumental forms, notably sculpture, and fresco painting. This style was closely associated with architectural decoration. There was a sense of realism and was expressed throughout observation of certain details that occur in daily life and a high emphasis on emotion. As for Romanesque architecture it was inspired by Roman architecture, similarities between them include round arches, materials, and the basilica-style plan. Most of Romanesque architecture is influenced by Visigothic, Carolingian, Byzantine and Islamic architecture. The primary architecture form was churches. Some of the characteristics that were included in church architecture were thick and heavy walls and pillars, small windows, painted decoration throughout the interior, harmonious proportions, round arches in order to support the roof, and what i would say was most important an apse. There were elaborate decorations throughout each architecture. All of these several characteristics or Romanesque art and architecture reflect the times in terms of form, style, and content.