Bezel (fine arts)

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Philipp Veit , The seven fat years

In the fine arts and architecture, a lunette or lunette is a semicircular or segment-shaped framed wall field (also called arched field), which is located above windows or - in the manner of a supraport - above doors . They are often decorated with painterly or plastic jewelry. Arched picture panels in a winged altar and semicircular picture fields on antique steles are also called lunettes.

The name comes from the French lunette , diminutive of moon (little moon ).

A large, semicircular field of view over a (especially medieval) portal is called a tympanum , while the small segment or semicircular fields over doors and windows of modern architecture are more often called “lunette”.


Further use

The small crescent-shaped figures on the comb marble paper are known as lunettes.


  • Wilfried Koch : A brief history of architecture. Illustrated pocket dictionary with more than 1100 individual drawings by the author. Special edition. Orbis Verlag, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-572-00502-7 , p. 165.

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