Glossary of Art History Vocabulary Words from Chapter 11
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- A covered walkway, outdoors or indoors; especially the passageway around the apse and choir of a Church.
- A recess, usually singular and semi-circular, in the wall of a Roman basilica or at the east end of a Christian church.
- Subterranean networks of galleries and chambers designed as cemeteries for the burial of the dead.
- Literally, the seat of the bishop, which the word cathedral is derived.
- Seperate pages of vellum or parchment bound together in one; the predecessor of the modern book.
- cubiculium (cubicula)
- A chamber in any Early Christian catacomb that served as a mortuary chapel.
- A two-paneled painting or altarpiece; also an ancient Roman, Early Christian, or Byzantine hinged writing tablet, often of ivory and carved on the external sides.
- In Christianity, the partaking of the bread and wine, which believers hold to be either Christ himself or symbolic of him.
- A central-plan, domed structure, built as a memorial.
- A porch or vestibule of a church, generally, colonnaded or arcaded and preceding the nave.
- The central are of an ancient Roman basilica or of a church, demarcated from aisles by piers or columns.
- A halo or aureole appearing around the head of a holy figure to signify divinity.
- In Early Christian art, a figure with both arms raised up in the ancient gesture of prayer.
- The scroll containing the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures.
- Tiny stones or pieces of glass cut to desired shape and size to use in mosaics to create design and composition.
- The part of a church with an axis that crosses the nave at a right angle.
- Calfskin prepared as a surface for writing or painting.
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