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    Reliquary Statue of Sainte Foy (St. Faith). Abbey Church at Conques, Conques, France. Late 9th century or 10th century with later additions. Silver gilt over a wood core, with added gems and cameos of various dates. Height 33". Church Treasury, Conques.

    Caravaggio; The Calling of St. Matthew and The Inspiration of St. Matthew at the Contarelli Chapel in Rome's San Luigi Dei Francesi Church

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-Sur-Gartempe, Poitou. France. Choir c. 1060-1075; Nave c. 1095-1115.

    Matthias Grünewald, detail of Crucifixion, center panel from Isenheim Altarpiece, c. 1515

    Reliefs on the left wall of porch (top picture), Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac. France, c. 1115.

    Trumeau, South Portal, Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac. France, c. 1115.

    Nave, Abbey Church of Notre-Dame, Fontenay. 1139-1147.

    Reconstruction drawing of the third Abbey Church at Cluny. Burgundy, France. 1088-1130. Looking east.

    Reliefs on the left wall of porch (lower half of picture), Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac. France, c. 1115.

    Baciccia [Giovanni Batista Gaulli] – Triumph of the Name of Jesus (1676-1679) fresco ceiling fresco in Il Gesù, Rome

    Tower of Babel, detail of painting in nave vault,, Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-Sur-Gartempe, Poitou. France. c. 1115.

    Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.The church was begun in 527, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths, and completed in 548 during the Byzantine Exarchate. The church is of extreme importance in Byzantine art, as it is the only major church from the period of the Emperor Justinian I to survive virtually intact to the present day. Furthermore, it is thought to reflect the design of the Byzantine Imperial Palace Audience Chamber, of which nothing at all survives.

    Illustration of Romanesque church portal.

    Francesco Borromini, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontaine (church) 1638-1646, Rome, Italy. Baroque art and architecture.

    Christ in Majesty. Detail of apse, church of San Climent, Taull, Catalunya, Spain. Consecrated 1123. Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.

    South Portal and Porch, showing Christ in Majesty, Priory Church of Saint-Pierre, Moissac. France, c. 1115.

    Virgin Mary holding Child Christ, detail from Comnenus mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, 12th century

    Caravaggio, detail of The Calling of St. Matthew

    Rachel Ruysch. linesandcolors: "Dutch painter Rachel Ruysch, whose life and career straddled the seventeenth and eighteeth centuries, was renowned for her striking still life paintings of flowers, which occasionally featured fruit and crystal glassware. "

    'Birth of Venus,' detail of the winds by Italian Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli (1444/45-1510). Uffizi Gallery, Florence. via petrus.agricola on flickr

    Caravaggio, ''The Calling of Saint Matthew,'' 1599-1600 -- detail