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The tympanum of the Palace at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal represents the four continents that were known in the seventeenth century. The sculptures on the picture show Africa.

The tympanum of the Palace at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal represents the four continents that were known in the seventeenth century. The sculptures on the picture show Africa.

Амьенский собор. Начало строительства 1220 г.  Страшный Суд

Амьенский собор. Начало строительства 1220 г. Страшный Суд

Conques - Tympanum - Here the saint bows in front of the hand of God which is surrounded by a halo inscribed with a cross. Under this scene the inscription reads "Friends of Piety." Above, the inscription reads "AD CELI GAUDIA"

Conques - Tympanum - Here the saint bows in front of the hand of God which is surrounded by a halo inscribed with a cross. Under this scene the inscription reads "Friends of Piety." Above, the inscription reads "AD CELI GAUDIA"

Gothic Sculpture. Sculptors of this time imitated nature and portrayed figures in a more realistic fashion.

Sculptors of this time imitated nature and portrayed figures in a more realistic fashion.

Detail of relief sculptures on the middle archivolt of the central portal of the west facade, depicting the zodiac signs and labors of the months, 13th century. Attributed by some to Benedetto Antelami. Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Detail of relief sculptures on the middle archivolt of the central portal of the west facade, depicting the zodiac signs and labors of the months, century. Attributed by some to Benedetto Antelami.

Last Judgement, from the tympanum of the portal.  c.1130  Church of Saint Foy, Conques, France.

Last Judgement, from the tympanum of the portal. Church of Saint Foy, Conques, France.

Detail of the tympanum of the portal of St. Anne on Notre Dame Cathedral

Detail of the tympanum of the portal of St. Anne on Notre Dame Cathedral

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