EARLY MEDIEVAL ART

400s -1000s

Germanic Tribal Art

Visigothic fibulas from Tierra de Barros, Spain (500s)
Walters Art Gallery - Baltimore (Bridgeman Art Library, Paris)

Coloisonné purse lid from a Saxon ship burial site in eastern England - c. 600

Belt buckle (left) and shoulder clasp (right) from a Saxon ship burial site in eastern England - c. 600

Christian Art during the 'Dark Ages'

The Lindisfarne Gospel:  The beginning of the Gospel of John - c. 700
The British Library

Page from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 698-700)
London, British Museum

Silver and gold-plated bronze chalice from Ardagh (700s)
Dublin, National Museum of Ireland

Carolingian Art
(800s)

The Lorsch Gospels (ca. 780820)

Lorsch Gospels (Codex Aureus of Lorsch) 778820 - Charlemagne's Court School
Ivory front book cover
Vatican, Bibliotheca Apostolica
Wikipedia: "Codex Aureus of Lorsch"

Lorsch Gospels
Ivory back book cover
London, Victoria and Albert Museum
Wikipedia: "Carolingian art"

The Evangelist composing his gospel
Wikipedia: "Carolingian art"

The Königshalle (Kingshall) of Lorsch Abbey (c. 800)
photo:  Tobias Helfrich
Wikipedia: "Franks"


The Four Evangelicals (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) from the Aachen Gospels (c. 820)
Aachen Cathedral
Wikipedia: "Carolingian Renaissance"

Page from "Ebbo's Gospels" (St. Matthew) (816-835)
Épernay, Bibliothèque Municipale
Plazy, History of Art in Pictures, p. 64

Carolingian Manuscript:  manuscriptum Fuldense ca. 831/40
Raban Maur (left), supported by Alcuin (middle), dedicates his work to Archbishop Otgar of Mainz (Right)
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Wikipedia: "Rabanus Maurus"

 Charlemagne (or is it Charles the Bald?) with Popes Gelasius I and Gregory I
-- from the sacramentary of Charles the Bald (ca. 870)
Wikipedia: "Charlemagne"

Ivory plaque, probably from a book cover - Reims, late 800s
top:  St. Remy reviving a girl; middle:  the hand of God fills two jugs; below:  the Baptism of Clovis by St. Remy
Wikipedia: "Carolingian art"

Equestrian bronze statuette of Charlemagne (900s)
From the Treasury of the Metz Cathedral (France)
Paris, Musée du Louvre
Plazy, History of Art in Pictures, p. 65

Charlemagne
Cathedral Treasury, Aachen.  Photo by Ann Münchow
Wallbank, p. 132

Charlemagne
Wallbank, p. 150

The octagonal interior of Charlemagne's Cathedral at Aachen (completed in 805)
photo:  Tobias Helfrich
Wikipedia: "Franks"

Nordic or Viking Art

Oseberg vikingship head post
Oslo, Universitets Oldsaksamling


Western Art during 
the Emergence from the 'Dark Ages'

Pope Gregory I dictating the Gregorian chants (c. 1000)
From the Antiphonary of Hartker of the monastery of Saint Gallen (Cod. Sang. 390, p. 13)
Wikipedia - "Middle Ages"

"The Presentation at the Temple" (c. 1015)
detail in bronze from the gate of the abbey church of St. Michael, Hildesheim (Saxony, Germany)
Plazy, History of Art in Pictures, p. 64


The Bayeux Tapestry (1070 - 1080)
depicting the victory of the Norman Duke William over the Saxon or English King Harold at Hastings (1066)

Detail from the Bayeux tapestry William, Duke of Normandy, haranguing his troops
Bayeux, Musée de la Tapisserie
Plazy, History of Art in Pictures, p. 60

Saxon King Harold

Harold's soldiers

The Assault on Dinant

For a complete pictoral on the Bayeux Tapestries

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Miles H. Hodges - 2014