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Art During the Early Middle Ages in Europe - Chapter Summary
Studying the art of the early Middle Ages in Europe is a breeze when you use this chapter's helpful resources. Review entertaining lessons via your computer or mobile device to gain greater insight into influences on early medieval European art, the history of Carolingian art, characteristics of Ottonian art and much more. Get answers to any lesson topic questions you have by submitting them to our experts. When you're ready, check your comprehension by taking our multiple-choice quizzes and practice exam. Once you've completed this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Define the early Middle Ages in Europe
- Describe the characteristics, techniques and famous works of early medieval art and architecture
- Explain Christian and classical influences on early medieval European art
- Provide a description of northern European art during the early medieval period
- Share the history, style and characteristics of Carolingian and Ottonian art
1. Early Middle Ages in Europe: Definition & Overview
The Middle ages of Europe, a troubled time of shifting empires, broken cities and people trying to get by. This article will explain this period in Europe's history and offer an overview of the key moments throughout this age.
2. Early Medieval Art & Architecture: Characteristics, Techniques & Famous Works
In this lesson, we will study some of the major forms, techniques, and characteristics of early medieval art and architecture. We will also meet some of the most famous works of art from this period.
3. Classical & Christian Influences on Early Medieval European Art
In this lesson, we're going to explore the three major influences on early medieval art: Christianity, the classical world of Rome and the pagan North. We'll talk about the contributions of each and see how they come together in some works of art.
4. Northern European Art during the Early Medieval Period
The Early Medieval Period lasted around 500 years, from 500 AD to 1000 AD. In this lesson, we explore the art produced in northern Europe during this time period. Northern Europe is made up of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
5. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics
This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.
6. Ottonian Art: History, Characteristics & Style
Vivid book illustrations and jeweled bible covers -- what do these things have in common? In this lesson, learn about the history of Ottonian art and explore some characteristics of the style.
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Other chapters within the Art 103: History of Western Art I course
- Understanding the Study of Western Art
- Visual Art During the Prehistoric Era: Paleolithic & Neolithic
- Art in Mesopotamia
- Art in Ancient Egypt
- Art in Aegean Culture & Ancient Greece
- Ancient Roman Architecture, Sculpture & Mosaics
- Jewish & Christian Art in Late Antiquity
- Art & Religion in the Byzantine Empire
- Art in the Islamic World
- Romanesque Art During the Middle Ages in Europe
- Gothic Art During the Middle Ages in Europe