AskDefine | Define Romanesque

Dictionary Definition

Romanesque n : a style of architecture developed in Italy and western Europe between the Roman and the Gothic styles after 1000 AD; characterized by round arches and vaults and by the substitution of piers for columns and profuse ornament and arcades [syn: Romanesque architecture]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Roman + the French suffix -esque.


  1. Somewhat resembling the Roman; -- applied sometimes to the debased style of the later Roman empire, but especially to the more developed architecture prevailing from the 8th century to the 12th.
  2. Of or pertaining to romance or fable; fanciful.

Extensive Definition

Romanesque can refer to:
  • Romanesque art, the art of Western Europe from approximately 1000 AD to the the 13th century or later
  • Romanesque architecture, architecture of Europe which emerged in the late 10th century and lasted(new production) to the 13th century (or maybe even later)
  • Romanesque sculpture, a sculpting sytle tied to architecture most often made in stone
  • Pre-Romanesque, a term used for the early phase of the style

See also

Romanesque in Spanish: Románico (desambiguación)
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