Romanesque Architecture Analysis

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Judaic art depicting religious images decorate the walls in the Dura Europos synagogue in Syria, such as the fresco from the west wall Life of Moses, 239AD. According to Soltes this is a depiction of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt as he parts the Red Sea. There are two images of Moses with significance perspective; one larger than everybody else and the other a smaller version of Moses who turns his rod back toward the Red Sea which then swallows up the Egyptians who follow. This idea is referred to as continuous narrative, “in which a series of events that happen sequentially in a linear manner in our reality are shown as if they are all happening at once; we are out of our profanus time and space and into another sacer time …show more content…
Denis in France. As discussed by Soltes (2011), although the origins of Romanesque architecture are vague; the Gothic style that followed specifically came about upon the completion of the Chartres Cathedral outside of Paris in 1250. This is the first of the Gothic style buildings in which buttresses were used as a structural element that categorized the overall external appearance of the building. Rather than Romanesque buttresses pushed against very thick walls, they fly out in beautiful patterns, (ergo flying buttresses). The buttresses were structurally necessitated by the height of the nave and the unprecedented size of the windows. The height represents a closer proximity to the heavens thereby becoming closer to the …show more content…
The stained glass windows are extremely large and colorful with dark edge lead framing another indication of the Gothic style which allows more light to enter than the previous Romanesque churches which had relatively small windows and the interiors were dark. While Romanesque structures were built with five doorways, Gothic structures had three, suggesting the symbolic triune nature of God. Both numerical values represent holy references to the divine. Gothic style architecture was also adopted by Judaism around the same time in the construction of Altneu synagogue in

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