The History of Romanesque Classicism, a blog about the ancient art form.

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History of Romanesque Classicism is a blog that provides readers with insight on the most influential artists and activities in the field of Romanesque art.

Romanesque art, also known as pre-Romanesque art, refers to European artwork created by approximately 1000 CE, an era established by the Council of Trosly that lasted until 1100. Artists during this period focused on depicting scenes from the Bible and other religious texts.

Romanesque architecture grew out of the Roman style, but soon began to diverge from it. Specifically, Romanesque architecture was characterized by rounded arches and barrel vaults. In addition to these structural elements, artists incorporated natural themes into their work; for example, many painted vines along walls and ceilings.

Pieter Brueghel was arguably the most influential artist of this period. His works were characterized by their bright colors and depiction of everyday life scenes. Other notable artists include Giotto, who is famous for his use of perspective in painting; Arnolfo di Cambio who constructed several significant buildings in Italy; and Guido da Siena whose artwork depicted the lives of religious figures.*


This Blog is dedicated to Romanesque Art of the 10-13th century. It covers the basics of the art form, from architecture, painting and sculpture to illumination. I’ll be posting here on my findings and progress with my own work.

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This blog describes the history of Romanesque art. It is to a large degree based on extensive research, and mainly written by people who have a degree in art history. It will also cover aspects of other forms of art that are related to Romanesque art.

The purpose of this blog is to help interested people find out more about Romanesque art by providing information and source material, and offering links to related sites.

If you want to know what kind of content you can expect from this blog, you should read the introduction at the homepage.

To learn more about the contributors and their qualifications, please go here.

And if you want to know why we have chosen the name “Romanesque Classicism”, look here.

The Romanesque period is probably most famous for the art and architecture that came out of it. Not counting the Byzantine empire as part of this, the Romanesque period has produced some of the most famous works of Western art.

The term “Romanesque” comes from “Roman”. This is because during this time period, the Catholic Church was considered to be a continuation of the Roman Empire. Furthermore, it was common practice to refer to anything having to do with the medieval times as “Gothic”, so we can blame Goths for that.

This article would not be complete without mentioning that this was one of the first periods in history in which Christianity became dominant in many places. Many people were concerned about these changes and tried to stem them, which ultimately led to what we know today as the Renaissance movement. The architects and artists who took part in this movement were trying to recapture the glory of Rome and Greece and pass a message onto people that what they thought was important (that is, Christianity) was actually anti-culture. Today there are those who feel that way about our current culture too, but I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions on that matter.”

The Romanesque style is the first developing and therefore oldest of the three classic styles. The word “Romanesque” refers to the period between Roman art, which ended in A.D. 500, and the more advanced Gothic style of art, which began in the early 12th century. Romanesque art was a combination of Roman features and local features as well as some innovations of its own.

The Romanesque style originated in Burgundy and northern France around A.D. 1000, spreading throughout Europe and reaching its peak in the 12th century. It had both a decorative side and an architectural side. For example, the great arches and rounded arches of the cathedrals were part of the architecture but also part of decoration, since they gave a sense of strength to a building that had heavy walls that could not be as wide as those supported by flying buttresses. Another feature was its tendency toward verticality, for example, in its nave columns that reached up high toward ceiling ribbing and gave a sense of infinity.

Romanesque art is a term which describes the style of art created from 1000-1200 AD. The Romanesque period was the first time that anyone had begun to add realism to their artwork, also adding new techniques for blending colors and improving the quantity of light in a painting and adding depth.  

The Romanesque period still contained the aura of Medieval artistry and many religious themes are present in their work.  

Romanesque Art peaked around 1130 and began to decline shortly after that. The art of this time was just starting to get away from its simplistic roots and move into a more realistic style. Though they were not quite as realistic as the Renaissance painters, they still showed a great improvement over the artists of previous eras.  

Many Christian themes were used in these paintings, such as Christ, Mary, Angels, Saints and Apostles. The church was a very powerful force in European history during this time and Romanesque art reflected that by using religious themes in its artwork. As a result, most of the surviving pieces of Romanesque art are church murals or stained glass windows.” – Wikipedia

Romanesque art is a form of Christian art that developed in Europe between the years 1000 and 1150. It was the bridge from the classical period (Greek, Roman) to the Gothic period.

Romanesque art is characterized by its semi-precious stone carvings, and by its heavy, rounded forms. In fact, the name “Romanesque” comes from the Latin word for “Roman,” which refers to the rounded style of Roman architecture.

It’s most famous examples are probably churches, but it also includes statues, metalwork, illuminated manuscripts and other art objects. The earliest surviving example of Romanesque art is on an ivory box called the Tassilo Chalice (c. 830), but most works date from around 1000.

Romanesque art was heavily influenced by Byzantine art, as well as by Viking art. Most surviving sculptures are found in churches, which were built during this time period all over Europe.

The most famous Romanesque church is Chartres Cathedral (built between 1025 and 1040). According to historians, Chartres Cathedral was “the first truly monumental building north of the Alps.”

The height of Romanesque architecture is often considered to be from 1000-1050 CE (Common Era), although

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