Cathedrals, and to a lesser extent parish churches, were not as austere
as they may appear today. Walls, arches, columns were often decorated
with brightly coloured paintings, serving the same illustrative feature
as stained-glass windows. Few examples of this have survived down to
modern times. The example above, from St. Anselm's chapel
in Canterbury cathedral, was fortunately covered by a buttress wall and
owes its survival to that; dating to ca.1160, it shows St. Paul and
The wall paintings below are in the Jesus Chapel at Norwich cathedral.