Tympanum (architecture)

Tympanum (architecture)

A tympanum (plural, tympana) is the semi-circular or triangular decorative wall surface over an entrance bounded by a lintel and arch. [cite web
title=Glossary - Tympanum
publisher=Architecture of the Indian Subcontinent
] It often contains sculptures or other ornaments. [cite web
title= Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture - tympanum
publisher=University of Pittsburgh
] Most architectural styles include this element. [cite web
title= Illustrated Architecture Dictionary - Tympanum
] The tympanum was invented in ancient Egypt in the first half of the 3rd century BC, and later appears in Greek, Christian and Islamic architecture. [Donald Routledge Hill (1996), "Engineering", in Roshdi Rashed, "Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science", Vol. 3, p. 751-795 [769] .] In Greek and Christian architecture, tympanums usually contained religious scenes. [cite web

Bands of molding surrounding the tympanum are referred to as the archivolt. [cite web
title= Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture - archivolt
publisher=University of Pittsburgh


ee also

* Gable
* Portal


External links

* [http://www.circuloromanico.com El Portal del Arte Románico] Visigothic, Mozarabe and Romanesque art in Spain.
* [http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/chartreswest/centralportal.html Sculpted tympanums Chartres Cathedral, West Front, Central Portal]
* [http://www.conques.com/visite5.htm Tympanum of the last Judgment - western portal of the abbey-church of Saint Foy]
* [http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Dictionnaire_raisonn%C3%A9_de_l%E2%80%99architecture_fran%C3%A7aise_du_XIe_au_XVIe_si%C3%A8cle_-_Tome_9%2C_Tympan Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture française du XIe au XVIe siècle - Tome 9, Tympan]

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