AR300 Art History
My name is Christopher Ware and today I’m entering through the center portal. I am trying to get to the apse. To be able to see an Apse I was told by my mother to visit an historic church. By going there I would be able to find very unique architectural features. So I got online and did my research. I found a church named Sant Climent de Taüll which is located in Lérida, Spain. I saw pictures of the church online and could not help the wanting to see it in person. So a month later I set up a trip to the province of Lérida, Spain. When I arrived to the small providence I was shocked at the large difference between The U.S and Spain. Everything was so rustic and from another century. As I arrived to Sant Climent de Taüll, on the outside of the church I saw the beautiful brown stones. I also saw the very large bell tower. I was thing to myself that this church was very old. I was overly amazed that all of these architectural features were done by hand. I walked up the steps to enter into the church and once I entered my mouth dropped. I looked up and saw the beautiful tall ceilings with aches and the beautiful stained glass windows. The windows are what stood out to me the most. I cold not help but to stand in the middle of the room and just loose myself looking into them. I have never seen anything like it in my life. The arches were made of concrete and the floor concrete was stained bright and dark colors.
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While I was in the church one of the workers “by the name of Mrs. Alice Poydras” came to me and asked, my name and where I was from? We started taking about to church and the architectural features. She knew the hold history of the church. She told me that the church was build on December 10, 1123 and that it is a Roman Catholic church. I asked about the tower connecting to the church. She told me that it is a slim bell tower that has six floors plus a base. She went on to say that the artwork inside the church include the famous mural paintings by The Master of Taüll. In his work it contained in the different apses and the keys of the arches as well as the wooden alter frontal she said. These works of art represents different aspects of Christianity that can also be found in many other works of art. The most famous piece is Fresco, of Christ in Majesty in the Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll main apse of the church had been been moved to the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona City of Spain She walked with me through the church and pointed out significant pieces of art. She started telling me about the mural painting on the wall and ceiling. She showed me were the ones that were still there and she also told me about the ones that had been moved to Brcelona and replaced by a replica. She told me that the replicas were put in place because the original paintings were replaceable and art thieves would do anything to get their hands on them. So to protect them they were moved too Brcelona to a high security museum. Talking with Mrs. Poydras I learnd a lot about the church and its history.
Being in this historic church was a very new experience to me and really give me a new outlook on art history and life. This is a experience that I would never forget.