2684. By this method the unusual leftover shapes produced by the architecture of the time were worked into the composition in a way that did not interfere with the arrangement of the figures in the paintings.
This method, which we could call the “decorative border style,” was not
invented in the Renaissance, as it can be found in abundance in all
medieval church decoration. The medieval artists did not invent the
method either because it is found in most of the extant Roman wall
This seems to indicate that it is a method that is inherent in the
problem of the painting of entire walls from ceiling to floor and edge
to edge in complex buildings, and seems to have been adopted wherever
architectural walls are used for pictorial decoration.
2687. The furthest we might go back would be to consider cave painting and there we do not find any sorts of decorative borders at all. Why this is I do not know, but I am sure there must be some reasonable explanation, it is just that I can’t think of what it is.