(active c. 1100 in Central France)

Interior view of the nave

c. 1100
Abbey Church, Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe (Vienne)

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is the oldest hall church of the Poitou region in France. Its choir and transept dates back to between 1060 and 1085 and the nave to between 1095 and 1115. The high colonnades of the central nave are spanned by a barrel vault. The extensive remnants of the original painting on the piers and the vault give a clear idea of the lively character of Romanesque churches.

The arcade is painted to resemble marble and the vault covered with an ambitious cycle of frescoes illustrating the Old Testament.