The oldest stained glasses preserved in France are those of the churches of Saint-Remy of Reims, followed by those of Saint-Denis from the mid-twelfth century, and those of the cathedrals of Sens, Chartres, Angers , Poitiers and Le Mans.
During the Romanesque, goldsmith was very important in France.
Currently it is believed that its evolution was greatly influenced by the works of the Order of Cluny, as the monks of Cluny decorated their monuments with numerous sculptures, these sometimes polychrome, and eventually also decorated the empty wall’s surfaces with frescoes.
The great mother church of Cluny had a fresco in its apse with the essential image of the Almighty.
Furthermore, in the monastery of Cluny there was a painted oratory with scenes from the life of Jesus.
All these, of course, disappeared with the destruction of Cluny, but there is an entirely painted church in Berzé-la-Ville, which was a priory of Cluny, and in its frescoes is really noticeable the style and color range of others French Romanesque wall paintings.
Another gem of Saint-Denis from the same time, today lost but reconstructed thanks to detailed existing descriptions, was the pedestal embossed with precious metals that the abbot ordered with the purpose of holding a Merovingian cross attributed to St. We must also mention the cast bronze doors, commissioned to French artists, a type of artistic work without precedent in France.
The best preserved decorative works of the French Romanesque are the frescoes of the Saint-Savin’s church, near Vienne, in Dauphine.
With great detail and the help of Latin inscriptions, as in the modern comics, are told all the vicissitudes of the battle of Hastings in which England was taken by Normans.
As for the art of the miniature during the Romanesque, books (a subject of major interest during the Carolingian period), underwent a diminishing in value, or at least in France the art of the miniature regressed.
One of them represents the “Supreme Maker” while creating the sun and moon as He appears drawn with a fine silhouette and delicate gesture.
The color tones are also subtle: dull reds and grayish yellows, with some green, and no dark areas.