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Sarcophagi - Camposanto Pisa

walwyn Mon, 11/26/2012 - 20:54

These 2nd and 3rd century Roman sarcophagi in the Camposanto, Pisa, were the inspiration for the beginning of the Italian Renaissance sculpture of the 13th century. In particular the Phaedra Sarcophagus, pictured above, was the model for Nicola Pisano's Madonna, and animal scenes on the pulpit in the cathedral.

Anglo Saxon Sculpture

walwyn Thu, 10/14/2010 - 20:29

Ango Saxon sculpture is divided into two main periods, that before the 9th century Danish invasion and that after King Alfred (871-899). The period covers a period from the earliest Christian crosses, and includes stone decorative elements in churches depicting grotesque animals and fiugures intertwined with vine tendrils.

Carvings at Breedon-on-the-Hill

walwyn Thu, 10/14/2010 - 22:16

Examples of the friezes and fragments of stone carvings from the 8th century Anglo Saxon monastery at Breedon-on-the-Hill.

Anglian Beasts

walwyn Sat, 10/16/2010 - 00:39



Anglo Saxon animal carvings at Breedon-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire.




Hedda stone - Peterborough Cathedral

walwyn Fri, 10/14/2011 - 19:23

The Hedda stone, in Peterborough Cathedral, dated to about 870AD. It contains the carved figures of twelve monks, and is thought to represent those killed in Danish raids.

William I Duke of Normandy - Rouen Cathedral.

walwyn Sat, 10/16/2010 - 20:09


This tomb of William I Duke of Normandy (d942) in Rouen Cathedral dates from the 14th century. The earlier burial had been in the ancient sanctuary near the end of what is now the nave.


Romanesque sculpture

walwyn Wed, 08/18/2010 - 18:17

Romanesque is a term given to architecture and art from 1000 AD  until about 1150 AD when it was succeeded by the Gothic. The term Romanesque was first used by the French antiquarian Charles-Alexis-Adrien de Gerville in a letter to Auguste Le Prévost (1818).

Romanesque font - All Saints, West Haddon

walwyn Mon, 01/11/2010 - 21:48

Romanesque font West Haddon, Northamptonshire


Discovered in 1887 this C12 square bowled font has carved scenes from the life of Crist on all four sides.


Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy - Gloucester Cathedral

walwyn Sun, 05/01/2011 - 15:34


Robert Curthose (d1134) effigy, of painted Irish bog oak, was made about 100 years after his death.