Romanesque art

Romanesque art in England

The Normans crossed the channel and invaded England in 1066. The works that followed testify to the power of art and architecture as a tool for colonization.

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Four styles of English medieval architecture at Ely Cathedral
Four styles of English medieval architecture at Ely Cathedral

An Anglo-Saxon princess founded a nunnery in the eel-filled marshy waters of East Anglia; see how it developed during the Middle Ages.

Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral

Spiral columns, carved zig-zags, round arches—at Durham, the rhythmic Anglo-Norman Romanesque pulses with life.

The Art of Conquest in England and Normandy
The Art of Conquest in England and Normandy

1066—William the Conqueror crossed the sea, invaded England, and became king. Language and art changed forever.

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry
The Animated Bayeux Tapestry

If cloth could talk…in a vivid animation of William’s conquest, armies clash and comets fly while a harp plays on.

The Bayeux Tapestry, from BBC
The Bayeux Tapestry, from BBC

A video camera captures all 70 meters of “tapestry.” Follow the embroidered narrative as it unfolds.

The Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry

This monumental 11th-century needlework presents an action-packed illustration of Anglo-Norman history.

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