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Heavy Burden

By Philip_H
Part of the Romanesque façade of Assisi cathedral. It is a typical example of the architectural style found in 12th-century churches of Umbria. The façade is divided into three sections. This is the middle section which contains a large and ornate rose window. In the four spandrels around the rose window are the four animal symbols of the four evangelists. Below the rose window is a horizontal recess with three male figures, each standing on an animal. The central figure is known as a telamon – a straight, unbowed male figure acting as a column supporting the masonry above on his head. The two end figures are atlantes – figures who sustain a great burden with their arms and shoulders (in this case the masonry above). Both types of figures are the male versions of caryatids – straight, unbowed female figures acting as columns supporting a structure on their heads.

Thanks for all the recent C&Cs.

Best wishes,
Philip

Tags: Architecture Facade Italy Umbria Assisi Rose window Romanesque Assisi cathedral Telamon Atlantes Four evangelists

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Comments


EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
14 Aug 2012 7:59PM
Lovely clear details and interesting info into the bargain!

Ann

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helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:11PM
Well captured and an interesting write up SmileSmile
Helen
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:19PM
Good capture and narrative haven't been there yet but its on the cards.
Rob
carper123 Plus
4 921 8 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:33PM
Nice one Phillip, like the pov and you have handled the exposure very well.
Nice one.
Darryl. SmileSmile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
14 Aug 2012 8:59PM
They are working hard-- a well done image of this bit of sculpture!
14 Aug 2012 9:51PM
Great shot Philip and an interesting write up,well done..Lin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
14 Aug 2012 11:00PM
Wow, didn't realise there was so much there. Great write up to accompany the image, Philip.

Dave
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
15 Aug 2012 5:34AM
Fantastic stonework, Philip, very well captured. Carol
15 Aug 2012 8:07AM
A wonderful comp. well detailed and thanks for the writeup
jdinne 13 16 England
15 Aug 2012 8:21AM
Wonderful bit of architecture captured, Great detailed composition Philip

John
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:55AM
Beautiful architecture and extremely good narrative too.
Carole
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
15 Aug 2012 10:33AM
Some great architectural details in this.

Best Matt
Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 11:58AM
A fine architectural composition, well presented, love it. Suzicoo
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 6:54PM
Interesting
troosers 4 2 Scotland
17 Aug 2012 8:28AM
Its an absolute pleasure to view such a well taken picture, but to view the picture and have such an interesting narrative makes it all the more pleasurable. THANKS.


Donald. Smile
xwang 7 55 8
17 Aug 2012 5:54PM
A beautiful piece of Architecture.. I do like it...
1881 4 India
18 Aug 2012 7:09PM
Great shot.


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