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Asturian pre-Romanesque

  • Church of San Miguel de Lillo, Oviedo © Asturias

    Church of San Miguel de Lillo, Oviedo © Asturias

  • Church of Santa María del Naranco - interior, Oviedo © Asturias

    Church of Santa María del Naranco - interior, Oviedo © Asturias

  • Church of San Julián de los Prados, Oviedo © Asturias

    Church of San Julián de los Prados, Oviedo © Asturias

  • Church of San Juan de Santianes de Pravia - interior © Asturias

    Church of San Juan de Santianes de Pravia - interior © Asturias

  • Church of San Pedro de Nora, Las Regueras © Asturias

    Church of San Pedro de Nora, Las Regueras © Asturias

  
  


" At the core of the resistance by the Astur people to the Muslim invasion was a dynasty which considered itself to be the heirs to the Visigoth kings of Toledo. Between the 8th and 9th centuries it produced a unique artistic style."

Asturian art was one of the typical styles of the pre-Romanesque era, and spread throughout the whole of the Cantabrian seaboard. It contributed new elements to the Visigoth tradition – such as the horseshoe arch, probably imported from the East or from Lombardy in Italy, which served to enrich it and convert it into a forerunner of the future Romanesque art. The Asturian kings encouraged the construction of churches and palaces with vaults, walls and complex supports, as well as monumental sculptural decoration and a rich tradition in mural painting. They also produced valuable works in gold of great beauty.

  

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