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Does bande in this context mean banner (Lombard banners?), or is it something else?
Son décor de bandes lombardes, très sobre, est ponctué de quelques sculptures : des têtes, des masques, de six lions, un ours dévorant un gâteau. La nef des XIII et XIV siècles est gothique, tandis que le choeur et l’abside sont du XVIIIe siècle.
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She was about to chuckle when she saw Dom nodding as if he knew just what Paolo meant. "Lombard strips," he said, aiming a sly smile at Paolo, "they just might give the bow window a rather considered elegance."
"Post-modern nostalgic," Paolo said, catching on.
Natalya was so pleased her toes tingled. She had no idea what Lombard strips were but admired the giftedness of Dom's response: to salute Paolo's heritage while making a helpful suggestion.
By the time he'd described a Lombard strip -- faux pilasters joined at the top by little arches -- she and Paolo were fanatic partisans. The three of them were as exhilarated by what they were discovering about each other as they were about the room. "What do you think about the vault, Domenico?" He had expected Dom to pass on the merit of the idea.
Explanation: on appelle ainsi des bandes de faible saillie non pas horizontales mais verticales qui sont généralement reliées en haut par de petites arcatures. C'est une caractéristique de l'art roman lombard. Elles sont aussi connues sous le nom de "lésènes"