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Early Medieval Art

Early Medieval Art

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will introduce the art and architecture of the early medieval period in Europe.
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Notes on "Early Medieval Art"

Key Terms


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 Credits

Sutton Hoo purse cover, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sutton.Hoo.PurseLid.RobRoy.jpg, Frankish fibula, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frankish_-_Peacock-Shaped_Fibula_-_Walters_57570.jpg, Oseberg Ship; Creative Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Exhibition_in_Viking_Ship_Museum,_Oslo_01.jpg, Image of Carved Animal Head from Osberg Burial, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kulturhistorisk_museum,_Oslo_-_IMG_9159.jpg, Lindesfarne Gospels, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Meister_des_Book_of_Lindisfarne_002.jpg, Book of Kells, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:KellsFol034rChiRhoMonogram.jpg, Saint Matthew, Coronation Gospel, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Evangeli_dell%27incoronazione_(evangelista_Matteo),_Vienna,_Kunsthistorisches_Museum,_25,10x32,30_cm,_inizio_IX_secolo.jpg, Saint Matthew, Ebbo Gospels, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_Matthew2.jpg