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For this reason, the frescoes in its cathedral display a powerful Byzantine influence. In the crypt, the chapel of St. Gabriel must have been reinforced after the fire of , and the fragments of painting which subsist in the apse are visible only in artificial light. They have an amazing freshness of colour.
On the vault we see the Heavenly Jerusalem, and Christ in a mandorla supported by four angels; on the north wall the annunciation to Zachariah; below, the story of St. John the Baptist, his birth and naming and to the left of this scene, a hieratic angel in the Italian-Byzantine manner. These paintings date from the third quarter of the twelfth century, while those of St.
Anselm's chapel, which opens on to the choir of the cathedral, are posterior to the fire of Of this chapel's decoration only a single panel remains: Paul being bitten by a viper. This subject, taken from a passage in the Acts of the Apostles, was rarely depicted by painters. The execution closely resembles that of the paintings in the crypt, although it has greater refinement and more colour. Finally, in Winchester Cathedral, the paintings in the chapel of the Holy Sepulchre, although still showing Byzantine influence, foreshadow the advent of the Gothic spirit.
The iconographical theme of this chapel, which is used particularly during Holy Week, is concerned with the Passion. The attitudes of the figures in the Descent from the Cross, or that of Mary Magdalene, remind one forcibly of the paintings of Montmorillon, although they reveal an even stronger naturalistic tendency. For an insight into the creation of such treasures of book painting as The Winchester Bible , see: Romanesque Painting in Germany and Austria.
Germany and Austria witnessed so profuse an artistic efflorescence between the ninth and the eleventh centuries that it is difficult to distinguish precisely between Romanesque wall paintings and those which preceded them.
German Medieval Art c. The almost total disappearance of mural decorations executed during the Romanesque period, together with the disastrous restorations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have further added to the difficulty. George, which was dependent on the abbey of Oberzell, as well as the church of Unterzell are decorated with religious paintings which unfortunately are in very poor condition.
These paintings, which were subjected to two deplorable restorations, then covered with a coat of distemper, and retouched again when they were uncovered in , are in spite of all this one of the best examples of Ottonian art still to be found. In the nave of St. George of Oberzell, the paintings - they are the oldest - are set out on three registers. Below, between the arcades which divide the central nave from the side-aisles, we see saints and prophets, while the upper register is decorated with figures of apostles.
The middle register depicts Christ's miracles: Many historians consider this series of paintings to be the oldest, and ascribe it to the beginning of the eleventh century, on the basis of its evident kinship with the Evangelarium of Otto III, originally at Reichenau, and dating from about the year The altar-front dedicated to St. Waldburga, painted about , gives only a faint idea of what mural painting in the Lower Rhineland must have been.
Ratisbon, now Regensburg, in Bavaria was one of the great centres of Romanesque art, and famous for its school of miniaturists. The murals in the chapel of All Saints, in the cathedral cloister, and those of the Abbey church of Prufening, a few miles away, are in too bad a state to be reproduced.
They allow us to discern, underneath the deplorable nineteenth-century restorations, the powerful Byzantine influence which spread, under the impulsion of the Benedictine movement, throughout northern Italy, southern Germany, the Tyrol and eastern France.
At Salzburg which, like Ratisbon, was a great cultural centre in the twelfth century, the almost total destruction of medieval churches and the disappearance of the Romanesque cathedral deprives us of any frescoes earlier than the twelfth century. The most important paintings of this branch of Romanesque mural art are those preserved in the convent of Nonnberg at Salzburg, which was exclusively for ladies of noble birth.
The nuns' choir, a room adjoining the west wall of the church, contains niches in three of its walls in which are painted busts of saints. Although incomplete, these frescoes bear witness - through the purity and harmony of their colours, the beauty of the heads, with their Byzantine nobility, and the richness and skilful modelling of the martyrs' silken robes - to a considerable acquaintance with the traditions of Greek art or at least Byzantine models.
The spread of influence from Aquileia and Venice to Salzburg brought about the creation of local schools, which in their turn amalgamated the new Italian-Byzantine tendencies with the contributions of thirteenth-century Germanic art. An example of the complexity of the cross-currents typical of the whole Romanesque period is seen in the frescoes of St. John's chapel, at Purgg. The decorations of this little mountain sanctuary, which date from the very beginning of the thirteenth century, depict, in the choir, the Lamb with its traditional worshippers, while the triumphal arch is painted with the Offerings of Cain and Abel, and with donors' portraits.
In the nave, three religious subjects without any direct relation between them: On the old main road which, by way of the Via Mala and the St. Martin at Zillis provides a marvellous surprise: Its conception shows great boldness, and its execution amazing harmony. Grey, olive-green and sky-blue are the dominant colours, against which the reds stand out with extraordinary vividness.
The border includes some forty fish-tailed monsters with a variety of bodies: Within this framework is depicted the life of Christ, with the miracles and scenes from the Passion.
This ensemble is completed by a few episodes from the legend of St. Martin, patron saint of the church. This ceiling at Zillis, painted in the middle of the twelfth century, is one of the treasures of Romanesque art.
If it cannot claim to show the hand of a master painter of inventive genius, yet it bears eloquent witness to the value of a distinctive style. Romanesque Painting in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Historically, Hungary undoubtedly played a most interesting role in the development of Romanesque art. Its churches are important from the point of view of Romanesque architecture and sculpture , but they have for the most part lost the paintings which they undoubtedly once possessed, and which must have been marked by Oriental influence.
A few samples survive, among them the paintings in the lower church at Feldebro, where the busts of Christ and the saints, and the Offerings of Cain and Abel, are in a definitely Western Romanesque style. In Czechoslovakia, a very complete set of paintings, dating from about , entirely covers the walls and the cupola of the circular chapel, dedicated to St.
Catherine, of the castle of Znojmo. In the lower zone are shown scenes from the life of Jesus, and above, a most interesting series of scenes from the legend of Przemysl. The centre of the cupola is occupied by the Dove of the Holy Spirit, while around it are four seraphim alternating with the four evangelists writing, each underneath his symbol. In the lower part of the cupola, between the centre of the dome and the walls, King Vratislav and eighteen knights of his family are shown under arcades.
The whole effect is very splendid, in a free and expressive style which is definitely Romanesque. At Stara Boleslav, the church of St. Clement twelfth-century is decorated along the top of the west wall with scenes from the legend of St. Clement, the Pope, with a frieze of meanders, while the lower part is covered with large circular medallions in which are female figures, haloed, probably allegorical.
Again in Czechoslovakia, at Albrechtice, the frescoes in the apse of the church of St. Paul second half of the twelfth century have been restored, except for a few fragments which include the figure of a priest before an altar with his two assistants.
We may also mention, at Prague, an angel, full face, in a window recess in St. Peter's Church, and at Rovna, in the apse of the church of St. James, Christ in a mandorla supported by angels, with the Mission of the Apostles all around, and below, the Life of St. James; in the nave, the Life of Jesus. Romanesque Painting in Denmark and Sweden. Outside the Byzantine group in Gotland - the great centre of trade with Novgorod see, incidentally the Novgorod School of Icon Painting c.
The same is true as regards architecture and sculpture. Wooden churches were very plain and quite unpretentious. Unfortunately only a few examples are left, such as the panel paintings preserved in the Stockholm museum, which may have belonged to an altar and probably did not form part of a mural decoration. Only those churches which were built of stone or masonry have sometimes preserved their decoration.
Of the two oldest Danish examples, the Romanesque cathedral of Roskilde has disappeared and been replaced by a building of later date, while only copies remain of the frescoes of the royal church of Jellinge.
But something of their art can be found, although in a stiffer and more archaic style, in the remains of Tamdrup and 0rreslev both c. This vigorous type of art, with its strong outlines and geometrical designs, is also to be found in the churches of Kirke-Hyllonge Saeby and Jorlunde. Ferring contains a very curious set of paintings, based on ancient traditions and treated in a popular style. There still remain, moreover, a number of murals, painted as early as the middle of the twelfth century, in which varied elements are mingled.
The frequent use in ornamentation of broad bands with a meander pattern of Classical origin, the prevalence of scenes with stiff and stylized, almost geometrical, figures, are common to a whole group of churches: Diese haben nun, mit dem Community Patch v, reichlich Zuwachs bekommen.
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