How does Romanesque art and architecture reflect the times in terms of form, style, and content?
Romanesque art is know greatly for its towering architecture and its form, style and content. Romanesque cathedrals all followed similar styles. The so called floor plan for theses massive cathedrals were mostly if not all very similar. Each building consisted of very thick walls, I massive support system and very few windows, which gave the “Gothic” style that followed. The art work around and in the cathedral were in a way placed “on” the cathedral itself. For example it was very common that the statues be placed on top of the cathedral walls. As if to become part of the cathedral itself and not only to decorate it, such as above the doors, on the wall that do not hold windows and the figures are seen mainly on the abundant of pillars that the churches have. Although these building have many figures on them, the figures themselves are fairly simple, and not exactly realistic. Instead they are rather boxy and disproportional. In a way, at the time churches where a way to see how prosperous the town around it was. These churches where believed to be the most important architectural structure, which is why they were built to such a massive and astonishing scale. At the time churches were the “head quarters” of the town, they where the center of town and had to be protected and stable. Which is why they had such high thick walls, a massive support system and began to be built with vaulted stone walls to reduce the risk of fire damage. These churches were and still today are very treasured.