(active around 661 in Palencia)

Interior view

San Juan Bautista, Baños de Cerrato (Palencia)

Enlivening the arch over the small entrance porch is some carved decoration, an even-armed cross in a circle from which descend traditional chip-carved motifs, in which the flat planes of the carving meet at sharp angles. Chip-carving was not an invention of the Visigoths, but they seem to have favoured it, at least in the 7th-century monuments. The same type of decoration can be seen along the extrados of the main apse arch, and the technique was used for the nave capitals. Derived from the Early Christian interpretation of the Corinthian order, they are smaller in scale than their prototypes, the acanthus leaves are less three-dimensional in appearance, and they are much more 'colouristic', dependent on light rather than on surface modelling to create form.

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