Jarnac tour The Charente Valley stretching from Angouleme to Saintes is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of South West France. Although it is possible to cycle the whole stretch, one of our favourite parts is around Jarnac. There are several marked routes starting from this historic town, taking in the Cognac vineyards, sunflower and melon fields, an abundance of Romanesque art and of course, as Henry IV declared: ‘the most beautiful stream in the kingdom’.

Jarnac tour The Charente Valley stretching from Angouleme to Saintes is perhaps one of the best kept secrets of South West France. Although it is possible to cycle the whole stretch, one of our favourite parts is around Jarnac. There are several marked routes starting from this historic town, taking in the Cognac vineyards, sunflower and melon fields, an abundance of Romanesque art and of course, as Henry IV declared: ‘the most beautiful stream in the kingdom’.

Iconography & Romanesque Arts

Iconography & Romanesque Arts

Romanesque art in Abbey of St Pere of Burgal, Catalonia, Spain.  Art Experience NYC  www.artexperiencenyc.com/social_login/?utm_source=pinterest_medium=pins_content=pinterest_pins_campaign=pinterest_initial

Romanesque art in Abbey of St Pere of Burgal, Catalonia, Spain. Art Experience NYC www.artexperiencenyc.com/social_login/?utm_source=pinterest_medium=pins_content=pinterest_pins_campaign=pinterest_initial

Romanesque art, which developed from the three great traditions of the Dark Ages (barbarian, Carolingian, and Ottonian), flourished across Western Europe. Thus, for the first time since the fall of Rome, the West was aesthetically unified. The heart of the Romanesque period (and the subsequent Gothic period) was France.  The Romanesque and Gothic periods comprise the great age of cathedrals; the foremost sculpture of this age is architectural. In Romanesque cathedrals,

Romanesque art, which developed from the three great traditions of the Dark Ages (barbarian, Carolingian, and Ottonian), flourished across Western Europe. Thus, for the first time since the fall of Rome, the West was aesthetically unified. The heart of the Romanesque period (and the subsequent Gothic period) was France. The Romanesque and Gothic periods comprise the great age of cathedrals; the foremost sculpture of this age is architectural. In Romanesque cathedrals,

Cloister of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert [French] (25.120.1-.134) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cloister of Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert [French] (25.120.1-.134) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Baptismal Font [South Netherlands] (47.101.21) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Baptismal Font [South Netherlands] (47.101.21) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Romanesque style - is marked by great variation in decoration.  The carvings are very geometric and appear above the portal (archway) into a cathedral.  Note the columns are slender with a smallish capital.  The capital does have some carving at the top that is very detailed.

Romanesque style - is marked by great variation in decoration. The carvings are very geometric and appear above the portal (archway) into a cathedral. Note the columns are slender with a smallish capital. The capital does have some carving at the top that is very detailed.

The "Morgan Leaf", detached from the Winchester Bible of 1160-75. Scenes from the life of David.

The "Morgan Leaf", detached from the Winchester Bible of 1160-75. Scenes from the life of David.

Romanesque Architecture  Church of Sainte-Foy, Conques  ca. 1052-1130  Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History   The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Romanesque Architecture Church of Sainte-Foy, Conques ca. 1052-1130 Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Romanesque Art and Architecture Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac, ca. 1115-30 south portal;standing prophet from the trumeau Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Romanesque Art and Architecture Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac, ca. 1115-30 south portal;standing prophet from the trumeau Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Durham Cathedral plan - Durham Cathedral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Durham Cathedral plan - Durham Cathedral - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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