(active 1025-1050 in Pomposa)

View of the narthex and campanile from the west

Santa Maria, Pomposa

The façade of the church of Santa Maria in Pomposa (Emilia-Romagna), placed in front of an atrium, is rather low and wide, constructed of many different colours of brick. In the centre the wall is broken up by three entrance arcades. Their archivolts are decorated with friezes of vine foliage, and on the front side these are framed by archivolts made of radially and tangentially arranged bricks. The three horizontal areas of the façade are produced by two long bands of terracotta. It is thought that the unknown master and his craftsmen came from Ravenna, as the structure of the façade is so Oriental, even Byzantine, in style.

The brickwork, the arched corbel tables and primitive ornamental form, and the campanile recall the school of the Lombards.

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