High Romanesque Sculpture in the Duchy of Aquitaine, c. 1090-1140

High Romanesque Sculpture in the Duchy of Aquitaine, c. 1090-1140

High Romanesque Sculpture in the Duchy of Aquitaine, c. 1090-1140

High Romanesque Sculpture in the Duchy of Aquitaine, c. 1090-1140

Synopsis

Anat Tcherikover unveils a chronological order in the remarkably diverse world of High Romanesque sculpture in central-western France. She traces a regional school which formed against the background of the powerful feudal principality of Aquitaine, and was itself commensurably important and therefore representative of the main artistic trends of the time. These involved a constant tension between two different sculptural modes. On the one hand, architectural decorations in the spirit of the eleventh century manifested a final flowering of great intricacy. On the other, monumental figure sculpture was being revived independently at a fast pace, leading directly to proto-Gothic. A combination of political prominence, economic prosperity, and a keen response to ecclesiastical reform made the school one of the most innovative of its time.
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