English translation: mouldings

13:25 Jul 6, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Architecture
French term or phrase: moulures
Taken from an academic article describing The Meeting at the Golden Gate, a fresco by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, Padua. (The fresco may be viewed here:

The article describes the painting as follows:
"La scène est marquée par un imposant mur crénelé, muni de deux tours flanquant une grande arcade en plein cintre, dont les moulures scintillantes ne laissent aucun doute : on est bel et bien devant la « Porte dorée »."

I am not sure how exactly to translate "moulures" here. Looking at the sentence and the painting, it clearly refers to the inner part of the arch, which appears to glitter with gold, and I wonder if there is any technical name for this. Thank you in advance for suggestions.
Martin Fyles
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Reference: moulure

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Une moulure, dans le domaine des beaux-arts et de la décoration, est un élément d'ornementation allongé en saillie et en creux placé sur le nu d'une surface. Constituant la modénature, elle a un rôle à la fois fonctionnel et décoratif : elle cache un « joint de construction » (rencontre de deux murs, d'un mur et du plancher, de l'encadrement d'une fenêtre ou d'une porte avec le mur, etc.) et elle produit par ces sailles et ces creux une ligne de la composition et des ombres portées à l'origine d'effets de lumière.

Moulding (also spelled molding in the United States though usually not within the industry), also known as coving (United Kingdom, Australia), is a strip of material with various profiles used to cover transitions between surfaces or for decoration. It is traditionally made from solid milled wood or plaster, but may be of plastic or reformed wood. In classical architecture and sculpture, the molding is often carved in marble or other stones.
A "plain" moulding has right-angled upper and lower edges. A "sprung" moulding has upper and lower edges that bevel towards its rear, allowing mounting between two non-parallel planes (such as a wall and a ceiling), with an open space behind."mouldings"&lr=&hl=de&tbm=isc...

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