West Art: Test #2

  1. Altarpiece
    A painted or carved screen behind or above the altar.
  2. Ambulatory
    Of, pertaining to, or capable of walking.
  3. Apse
    A semicircular or polygonal termination or recess in a building.
  4. Arabesque
    A sinuous, spiraling, undulating, or serpentine line or linear motif.
  5. Arch
    A curved masonry construction for spanning an opening.
  6. Bay
    A recess of land, partly surrounded by hills.
  7. Catacombs
    The subterranean burial chambers of the early Christians in and near Rome, Italy.
  8. Cathedral
    The principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop's throne.
  9. Christian
    Religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
  10. Codex
    A quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching
  11. Flying Buttress
    A segmental arch transmitting an outward and downward thrust to a solid buttress.
  12. Icon
    A picture, image, or other representation.
  13. Illuminated
    To make lucid or clear; throw light on.
  14. Manuscript
    The original text of an author's work.
  15. Islam
    The religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad.
  16. Mihrab
    A niche or decorative panel designating the kiblah.
  17. Mosque
    a Muslim temple or place of public worship.
  18. Nave
    The principal longitudinal area of a church
  19. Parchment
    the skin of sheep.
  20. Pilgrimage
    a journey, especially a long one.
  21. Qibla
    the point toward which Muslims turn to pray.
  22. Quatrefoil
    a panellike ornament.
  23. Reliquary
    a repository or receptacle for relics.
  24. Rose Window
    a circular window decorated with tracery symmetrical about the center.
  25. Scriptoria
    a room, as in a monastery.
  26. Tempera
    a technique of painting in which an emulsion consisting of water and pure egg yolk.
  27. Transept
    any major transverse part of the body of a church.
  28. Treatise
    generally longer and more detailed than an essay.
  29. Trumeau
    a mirror having a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame.
  30. Tympanum
    a similar space between an arch and the horizontal head of a door or window below.
  31. Vaults
    an arched structure.
  32. Vellum
    lamb skin treated for use as a writing surface.
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West Art: Test #2
Medieval Period Terms