choir enclosure

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choir screen, choir enclosure

choir screen
A screen wall, railing, or partition of any type dividing the choir from the nave, aisles, and crossing.
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The difficulty of seeing the Santo's high altar outside the privileged precincts of the choir enclosure, even when standing in the ambulatory, is implicitly attested to by at least one contemporary text.
Although Donatello's large bronze statues of the Madonna and Saints would presumably have been at least partially visible above the choir enclosure to viewers standing beyond the rood screen, the most unobstructed views of the high altar from the ambulatory were most likely obtained by looking in from the side entrances to the choir, that is, by standing with one's back to the radial chapels of St.
The friars could enter the ambulatory directly from the cloisters to the south, and they would have regularly visited the eastern portion of the church beyond the rood screen and the interior of the choir enclosure in order to celebrate the numerous daily ofrices held at the high altar and, presumably, in the radial chapels.