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Art During the Early Middle Ages in Europe Flashcards

Art During the Early Middle Ages in Europe Flashcards
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Early Medieval Art: Relief Sculpture

This type of artwork is carved so that it stands up off of a background. During this time period, these were created with ivory.

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Book of Durrow

A 7th century illuminated manuscript that includes the Gospels. The author wrote in Latin, demonstrating the impact of Roman culture in this time period.

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Charles the Great / Charlemagne: Palace

Charlemagne built this in a Roman style, even including a forum. This reflected his desire to bring back the culture of Rome.

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Charles the Great / Charlemagne

The leader who founded the Frankish Empire. He worked with the clergy to increase literacy, leading to changes in art and the lifestyle of the people.

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Carolingian Art: Examples

Lothair Crystal

Arnulf Ciborium

Golden Altar

Lorsch Gospels

Book of Kells

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Carolingian Art

This style of art was created during the renaissance fostered by the rule of Charles the Great, or Charlemagne.

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Flashcard Content Overview

This set of flashcards was created to help you go over the characteristics of Ottonian and Carolingian art styles and how they are unique. You can focus on the impact of Charles the Great, also known as Charlemagne, on the art work and society of the Early Middle Ages. These cards also cover the definitions of illuminated manuscripts and relief sculptures. The purpose of scriptoria as it relates to illuminated manuscripts is also addressed by the flashcards within this set. You'll find cards that deal with specific examples of art work creating during this time period, including:

  • The Hildesheim Doors
  • The Gero Crucifix
  • Book of Durrow
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Carolingian Art

This style of art was created during the renaissance fostered by the rule of Charles the Great, or Charlemagne.

Carolingian Art: Examples

Lothair Crystal

Arnulf Ciborium

Golden Altar

Lorsch Gospels

Book of Kells

Charles the Great / Charlemagne

The leader who founded the Frankish Empire. He worked with the clergy to increase literacy, leading to changes in art and the lifestyle of the people.

Charles the Great / Charlemagne: Palace

Charlemagne built this in a Roman style, even including a forum. This reflected his desire to bring back the culture of Rome.

Book of Durrow

A 7th century illuminated manuscript that includes the Gospels. The author wrote in Latin, demonstrating the impact of Roman culture in this time period.

Early Medieval Art: Relief Sculpture

This type of artwork is carved so that it stands up off of a background. During this time period, these were created with ivory.

Early Medieval Art: Illuminated Manuscripts

Books written by hand on parchment in the early medieval period. They included illustrations and were created by monks. The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Lindau Gospels are examples.

Early Medieval Art: Characteristics

This style of artwork included iconography, intricate patterns, bright colors, and stylized figures. It used precious metals and focused on subject matter related to Christianity.

Ottonian Art: Characteristics

An art style that focused on expressiveness and a lot of emotion. Artists elongated figures and drew on Christian stories for inspiration.

Ottonian Art: The Hildesheim Doors

These bronze objects were ordered by a bishop in 1012. They are covered with relief sculptures that depict images of the fall and salvation of humanity from Genesis in the Old Testament.

Ottonian Art: The Gero Crucifix

A life-sized carving in oak that shows Christ after his death. It was made around 969-976 CE.

Scriptoria

Places where Ottonian-era monks created illuminated manuscripts.

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