Three characteristics of Romanesque sculpture include thin and elongated figures, abstract designs and human-like features. Romanesque sculpture also saw the first attempts at making figures stand out from the walls.
Other Romanesque sculpture characteristics include:
- Faces that look more realistic and soft, which contrasts with the harsh features of previous eras.
- Bone structure within the faces.
- Figures have some three dimensional figures and do not rely on resting into the walls.
- The drapery surrounding figures begins to look more realistic and soft than previous eras.
- Subject matters start to tell stories. For example, they may represent the kings of France as descendants of the kings, queens and prophets in the Bible.