ARCHITECT, Italian
(active 770s in Lombardy)

Interior view

772-76
Photo
Tempietto Santa Maria in Valle, Cividale

The school of the Lombards was influential in the construction and decoration of Italy's Romanesque churches. The Lombards were a Germanic tribe that descended from the north-east, beyond the Alps, with the conquests of the Lombard King Albonio in 568-72, establishing centres north of the Venetian lagoon, at Cividale and Aquileia, and surrounding the Byzantine Exarchate territories along most of the western Po, and as far north as Como and as far south as the foot of Italy. The remarkable Tempietto of Santa Maria in Valle at Cividale, from 772-76, is an early example of the richness of Lombard decorative work, fusing Byzantine and even Saracen influences, which would have been communicated through the southern Italian territories of the Lombards.

The photo shows the eastern part of the interior.

View a sectional drawing of the Tempietto showing the lavish interior decoration.