chancel screen


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chancel screen

Screen dividing the chancel from the nave.
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The chancel screen was a feature he considered essential to all church worship.
Pursuing a hidden history of female British architecture, Joan Bakewell was forced into some unconvincing strategies, speculating on unacknowledged father-and-daughter partnerships (Christopher Wren's 16 year-old daughter may have designed a chancel screen in one of his churches) and fudging the line between patron and designer, as in the celebrated case of Bess of Hardwicke.
In the Church of my boyhood we used to drape a fishing net over the chancel screen.
Throughout the text the author explores this tension: when the continuity of Venetian tradition outweighed Vitruvian authority, as, for example, in the treatment of details of capitals, pilasters, and friezes based on local models; when the new style prevailed in "modernization" programs where classical ornament, such as a fictive painted facade, was applied to Gothic buildings; or when the lack of classical precedent for the treatment of elements -- such as balusters or chancel screens -- led to a dependence on Renaissance theorists to create new forms.
First, there are a notable series of crosses inscribed on the marble plaques which formed part of the chancel screens.