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On the edge of town, this Romanesque church preserves part of an 11th-century fresco cycle and 40 remarkable 12thcentury carved column capitals in the cloisters. INTERNATIONAL GOTHIC (LATE 13TH TO EARLY 15TH CENTURIES) Late medieval Italian art continued to be largely ecclesiastical. Church facades and pulpits were festooned with statues and carvings. In both Gothic painting and sculpture, figures tended to be more natural than in the Romanesque (and the colors used in painting were more rich and varied) but were highly stylized and rhythmic.
The Byzantine style of painting and mosaic was very stylized and static. This iconographic tradition was imported from the eastern half of the Roman Empire centered at Byzantium (its major political outposts in Italy were Ravenna and Venice). Faces (and eyes) were almond-shaped with pointy little chins; noses were long, with a spoonlike depression at the top; and folds in robes (always blue over red) were represented by stylized cross-hatching in gold leaf. Romanesque sculpture was somewhat more fluid but still far from naturalistic.
In the northeastern corner of Italy, the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is, in its own way, one of the most cosmopolitan and culturally sophisticated in Italy. Its capital is the port of Trieste. The area is filled with art from the Roman, Byzantine, and Romanesque-Gothic eras, and many of the public buildings (especially in Trieste) might remind you of Vienna. MILAN, LOMBARDY & THE LAKE DISTRICT Flat, fertile, prosperous, and politically conservative, Lombardy is dominated by Milan just as Latium is dominated by Rome.