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Early Medieval Art

Author: Aleisha Olson
Characterize examples of medieval art.
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This lesson discusses the characteristics of early medieval art, including Hiberno-Saxon styles, and Carolingian and Ottonian manuscript illumination.


Image of Sutton Hoo Purse Lid, Creative Commons,; Image of Germanic Fibulae, Creative Commons,,_U2_-_East_Germanic_gold_fibulae.jpg; Image of Ship from Osberg Burial, Public Domain,; Image of Carved Animal Head from Osberg Burial, Public Domain,,_Oslo_-_IMG_9159.jpg; Image of Carpet Page from Lindisfarne Gospels, Public Domain,; Image of Chi-Rho Page from Book of Kells,PD-1923 ,; Image of St Matthew from Coronation Gospels, PD-1923,,_Vienna,_Kunsthistorisches_Museum,_25,10x32,30_cm,_inizio_IX_secolo.jpg; Image of St Matthew from Ebbo Gospels, PD-1923,

Terms to Know
Animal Style

Characterized by animals and bird designs and themes.


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


An emblem or trademark in a book or manuscript.


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


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


A room in a monastery where monks would copy manuscripts.


Calfskin, or lambskin, used as a writing surface.