Choir screen

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(Arch.) a screen or low wall separating the choir from the aisles.

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Like all living churches, St Cuthbert's has evolved steadily since it was built in 1870 in order to serve the needs of a changing world; the choir screen dates from the early 20th Century and the choir pews from the 1940s, while a number of pews were removed to make more space at the front in the 1970s.
He looks at iconologies; monastic reform; the permeable boundaries of gate house, choir screen, and the inner enclosure; and Cistercians in connection with Toulouse and Paris.
3) This marble choir screen (tramezzo) functioned as a visual transition between the nave and the presbytery and would have been visible to the faithful standing in the middle of the church.
According to the antiquary, William Dugdale, statues of the Catholic Saxon kings, intended to flank those of James and Charles on the entrance loggia, were actually set up on the internal choir screen at Old St Paul's, thus symbolising further, royalty as public image.
What is more, Jacobus argues convincingly that Giotto's depiction of the Temple, both here and in the Expulsion of Joachim, closely resembled the original choir screen and pulpit enclosing the ante-choir, which she has reconstructed with great ingenuity.
Such facts are not usually noted and discussed and they force curators to make some awkward decisions: thus the V&A has a dedicated space for the work of Donatello and uses parts of the chapel of Santa Chiara in Florence, as an aspect of the Renaissance City, strangely juxtaposed by a choir screen of the Cathedral of St John at 's-Hertogenbosch from northern Europe.
It was one of the earliest and most influential examples of Gothic Revival architecture, based on antiquarian printed design sources [the arched bookcases in the library were inspired by a choir screen seen in an engraving of London's Old St Paul's Cathedral].
Fourteen Royal Marines above the choir screen dut down their silver trumpets.
In Wakefield Cathedral on the choir screen we see the dragon trampled down by both Mary and Christ himself.
Jung, "Beyond the Barrier: The Unifying Role of the Choir Screen in Gothic Churches," Art Bulletin 82 (2000): 622-57 [625].