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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.

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

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EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
14 Aug 2012 7:59PM
Lovely clear details and interesting info into the bargain!

helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:11PM
Well captured and an interesting write up SmileSmile
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2012 8:19PM
Good capture and narrative haven't been there yet but its on the cards.
carper123 Plus
10 1.3k 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
17 47 14 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
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
14 Aug 2012 11:00PM
Wow, didn't realise there was so much there. Great write up to accompany the image, Philip.

CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
15 Aug 2012 5:34AM
Fantastic stonework, Philip, very well captured. Carol
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 8:07AM
A wonderful comp. well detailed and thanks for the writeup
jdinne 18 16 England
15 Aug 2012 8:21AM
Wonderful bit of architecture captured, Great detailed composition Philip

CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 9:55AM
Beautiful architecture and extremely good narrative too.
Herge88 14 40 6 England
15 Aug 2012 10:33AM
Some great architectural details in this.

Best Matt
Suzicoo 9 481 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 11:58AM
A fine architectural composition, well presented, love it. Suzicoo
jasonrwl Plus
11 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 6:54PM
troosers 9 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 12 56 8
17 Aug 2012 5:54PM
A beautiful piece of Architecture.. I do like it...
1881 9 India
18 Aug 2012 7:09PM
Great shot.

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