Unit 2 Written Exam - GED120 Introduction to Humanities Unit 2 Course GED 120 Introduction to Humanities Written Assignment for Unit Two Question 2

Unit 2 Written Exam - GED120 Introduction to Humanities...

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GED120 Introduction to Humanities, Unit 2 Course GED 120 Introduction to Humanities Written Assignment for Unit Two Question 2: Trace the development of sacred architecture during the early medieval period, from its origins in the Byzantine style to the high Romanesque style. In your answer, refer to both the construction and decoration of sacred buildings, and note important changes in the developing style of medieval architecture. The construction of sacred buildings or houses of worship, has generally been a practice in grandeur beauty and design. These towering functional pieces of art have been dreamt up, sketched, and planned by the hands and minds of artistic gods. Yet each of these edifices holds traces and signs of those who have come before them. The foremost influences of style and design come from that of the Byzantine, Charlemagne, and Romanesque inspirations of the medieval period. It is well to note that the beginning of the Byzantine period is tied to the establishment of Constantinople in 330 A.D. by the first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, Constantine the Great. With the changing of the name of this great port also came many changes in culture and design, which can most significantly be viewed in the increased geometric complexity of the buildings. Domes resting on massive piers, a form known as “domed basilica,” topped many of

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