Lesenes are used in architecture to divide a facade or other wall surface optically, albeit - unlike pilasters - without a base or capital. Their function is ornamental, not just to decorate the plain surface of a wall but, in the case of corner lesenes, to emphasise the edges of a building.
Lesenes and corbel table on a chapel wall
Lesene on the staircase tower of the Gernrode collegiate church (before 1000 AD)
Lesenes on the Abbey church of Maria Laach (1156)
Lesenes at Chile House, Hamburg
- Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture
- Curl, James Stevens (2006). Oxford Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 2nd ed., OUP, Oxford and New York, p. 442. ISBN 978-0-19-860678-9.