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Early Medieval Art

Early Medieval Art

Author: Aleisha Olson
This lesson will introduce the art and architecture of the early medieval period in Europe.
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This lesson discusses the characteristics of early medieval art, including Hiberno-Saxon styles, and Carolingian and Ottonian manuscript illumination.

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Terms to Know


A pin used to hold together a cloak in ancient Greece and Rome.


A type of decoration consisting of colored enamel separated by bands of metal.

Animal Style

Characterized by animals and bird designs and themes.


A room in a monastery where monks would copy manuscripts.


Calfskin, or lambskin, used as a writing surface.


A paper-like writing material made from the skin of a sheep or goat.


An emblem or trademark in a book or manuscript.



Image of Sutton Hoo Purse Lid, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sutton.Hoo.PurseLid.RobRoy.jpg; Image of Germanic Fibulae, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KHM_Wien_U1,_U2_-_East_Germanic_gold_fibulae.jpg; Image of Ship from Osberg Burial, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oseberg_ship_-_IMG_9129.jpg; Image of Carved Animal Head from Osberg Burial, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kulturhistorisk_museum,_Oslo_-_IMG_9159.jpg; Image of Carpet Page from Lindisfarne Gospels, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Meister_des_Book_of_Lindisfarne_002.jpg; Image of Chi-Rho Page from Book of Kells,PD-1923 , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:KellsFol034rChiRhoMonogram.jpg; Image of St Matthew from Coronation Gospels, PD-1923, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evangeli_dell%27incoronazione_(evangelista_Matteo),_Vienna,_Kunsthistorisches_Museum,_25,10x32,30_cm,_inizio_IX_secolo.jpg; Image of St Matthew from Ebbo Gospels, PD-1923, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_Matthew2.jpg