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Purse cover from the Sutton Hoo Ship

This purse cover, found off of a ship is very intricately decorated. With groups of animals in cloisonne, this purse cover is very detailed. Cloisonne is like a miniature stained glass mosaic in enamel plaques. The figures and the outside edges are cloisonne. The figures and outer edge are done in an interlaced pattern made of three geometrical designs.The figures include man and beast and groups of eagles attacking ducks.
Peyton Fowler

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Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne
Although in the Carolingian Period of Aachen, Germany, this chapel is reminiscent of San Vitale. This is because Charlemagne
took a trip to Italy and was inspired. There was a special place for Charlemagne here, as this was considered his royal chapel. This design is simpler than San Vitale and has eight piers in the center.
(Jordan Brown)

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Equestrian Portrait of Charlemagne: 9th Century
This small equestrian statue of Charlemagne is made of bronze and is modeled after Marcus Aurelius. It was a blending of greco-roman style. The globe he holds in his hand is a symbol of world domination. Hiearchial scale is evident as the monarch is much bigger than the horse as the center of attention. This statue proclaimed the renovation of the Roman Empire's power and trappings and is an example of art as propaganda since it glorified the ruler and Roman Empire.
(Erin Ginn)


Chi- rho- iota page

late eighth or early ninth century

This Chi-rho-iota page or XPI is from the Book of Kells. It is from the Hiberno-Saxon period. The lower right reads "Now this is how the birth of Christ came about," but of course not in English. We can the main form of the Chi (X). It also looks like a P in which it is a male head. The iota (I) looks like a lowercase i in the bottom right. It is hard to distinguish what all is here, but to the left of chi appear half figures of winged angels. This piece of art was used as propaganda and exploited for religious purposes.

(Allie Bailey)

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Saint Matthew from the Coronation Gospels
ca. 800-810
The artist of this illumination used color and light to create shapes. The clothing drapes over St. Matthew and defines the body underneath. This illumination holds many Roman accessories, including the cross legged chair, the lectern, and the toga worn by St. Matthew. Acanthus leaves can be found in the illumination. This painting is classical, a part of Charlmagne's program. (Erin Golotko)

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Saint Matthew
This piece of art was made in a gospel book for the archbishop Ebbo of Reims, it is thought to be an interpretation of an author portrait of the one from Coronation Gospels model. This piece changed from the Coronation Gospels because it almost seems like it is in a frenzy and a little chaotic. The artists of the piece intended for everything to be in motion of the border of the piece and it to look very alive and awake. Another thing the artists did was to stress to make sure that nothing stood out to the viewer.
andrew malinowski

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Cover of the Codex Aureus of St Emmeram
This is the cover of the Codex Aureus. This is the cover to an illuminated manuscript and was ornately decorated with precious gems and gold. It was created originally for Charles II. The monks Liuthard and Beringer wrote this manuscript. It includes the four evangelists, as well as several different scenarios regarding Charles as well as religious stories. It contains 126 total folios, or pages.
(Jonathan McKay)

Colossal Bronze Doors
This 16 foot tall bronze door panel, commissioned by Bishop Bernward for Saint Michael's Hildesheim, was a remarkable piece created during the Medieval time. This work of art is considered a narrative form in art due to the stories being told in the panels. On the left we have stories from the Book of Genesis, beginning with the Creation of Adam, ending with the murder of Abel, who was Adam and Eve's son. On the right, we have stories told of the life of Jesus, beginning with the Annunciation scene, and ending with the Resurrection scene. An incredible display of biblical text, which later may have inspired the Gates of Paradise, which we know was created by Lorenzo Ghiberti.
(Blake Denz)

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Interior of Durham Cathedral,
Durham, England.
The Cathedral is on a cliff overlooking Wear River in England. It is the centerpiece of a monastary, a Cathedral and a fortified castle complex. It was conceived as a vaulted structure and it was an intense undertaking. Each hall has a seven part nave vault that covers two bays. Ashlar masonry was used to construct the stone ediface. Characterized by its long slender proportions, ribbed groin vaults placed over a three-story nave and the quadrant arches that lead to flying buttresses make this Cathedral extremely Romanesque.(Caroline Freeborn)

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Exterior of Notre Dame (1180-1200)
This cathedral was one of the great gothic cathedrals. Notre Dame has exposed flying butresses. Notre Dame has a very complicated building history. The choir and transcept were finished in 1182, the nave by 1225, and the facade by 1250-1260. This cathedral replaced the Marovingian basilica onthe island in the Seine River called the Ile-de-la-Cite. The design has four stories, but two of the stories are filled by windows because the design need to match Laon's cathedral. (Weston Riddle)

Interior of Notre Dame (1180-1200)
Notre Dame begun in 1163 and mostly completed by 1250, Notre Dame is an important example of French Gothic architecture, sculpture and stained glass. The appearance of the interior was radically transformed in the mid-13th century when the small clerestory windows typical of the Early Romanesque style were enlarged downward and filled with High Gothic tracery. The enlargement caused the removal of the unusual triforium. Originally the interior had the four-story elevation common to many Early Gothic churches, and the triforium had large round openings instead of the normal arcades.(Tylan Dodd)


Cathedral ca. 1225-1290

Riems Cathedral in Riems, France is considered a part of the High Gothic period of architecture. Its west facade incorporates a rose window framed by pointed arches, characteristics of Gothic churches. In its tympanum, stained glass replaced the usual stone relief sculptures. The designer stretched every detail of the facade.

(Jessica Rances)

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Saint Francis (1235)

This artwork was made by Bonaventura Burlinghieri. It was used as an altarpiece in a church. It displays the stigmata, which is the wounds on Christ's hands and feet. There is a Byzantine style to it as well, but with Italian traits as well. This Italo- Byzantine style is called maniero greca.
(Cody Taflinger)
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Annuciation by Simone Martini (1333)
the weightless and radiant shapes of this alterpeice set the scene of Angel Gabriel's annoucemnt to the virgin Mary. the lightness of the painting is evident in the breeze just created by the angels wings and the fluttering, flowing lines. Some Gothic architecture is present in the background and walls.
(abby Fowler)

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The Effects of a Good Government
This painting is a Fresco painted by Ambrogio Lorenzeti. This shows how in the city, a government that is well organized and perfected can have the people in complete happiness and without war. People are seen dancing and trading and welcoming new visitors to the city, there is not a trouble in the whole city.

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Gero Crucifix - c. 970

This crucifix was commissioned by Archbisop Gero for the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The crucifix is painted wood and the height of the figure is 6'2". This sculpture represented the revival of interest in monumental sculpture. This representation of Christ is much more dramatic than had been seen before. Christ is not presented as youthful and triumphant rather this representation reflects the suffering that Christ experienced. Blood streaks down his forehead from the crown of thorns and his the muscles in his body seem to sag and stretch from the weight of his body. The sculpture was meant to envoke emotion to the viewer, but also hope represented by the halo around his head which fortells of his resurrection. (Emily Rice).


Oseberg Animal-Head Post of Viking Ship (ca. 825 CE)

A name that used to strike fear into the hearts of Europeans in the Middle Ages; a name that still erects images of ferocious pirates of ages past: Viking! The Vikings were not just interested in raiding churches and small towns, they were also skilled craftsmen and renowned artists. This headpiece was found at an excavation of a Viking burial site at Oseberg, Norway. It is made of wood and was whittled into its current terrifying form. Viking ships were the main focus of Viking art, being their most important asset involved in bringing home the Medieval bacon. The interlacing pattern is a recurring theme along the prow of the ship, expressing a dynamic energy.
(Zac Mulford)

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Saint Matthew ca. 698-721

This is an illuminated manuscript, from the Hiberno-Saxon period, that depicts Saint Matthew writing the New Testament. We know it's Saint Matthew because the figure is accompanied by an angel. Each of the four gospels was either accompanied by or represented through different figures and Matthew's was the angel. The figure behind the curtain is believed to be Moses holding the Old Testament.
(Tara Lassi)

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Cross and carpet page, folio 26 verso of the Lindisfarne Gospels
ca. 698-721
This carpet page exhibits the blend between Christian imagery and the animal-interlace style of the North. It was produced in the Northumbrian monastery on Lindisfarne Island. Serpentine interlacements of animals devour each other, curling over and returning on their writhing shapes. An effect of motion is created by the expanding and contracting forms in the page. The cross stabilizes the rhythms of the serpentines.
Allison Abernathy


Gospel Book of St. Matthew, Ebbo Gospels
816-835 Carolingian, Illumination
When early Christianity needed to spread the word of the gospel, the man for the job was the apostle Saint Matthew. He even had his own pose! The bending over his paper, with a quill in his hand appears to be St. Matthew's signature pose.St. Matthew holds horn that receives the word directly from the angel’s unfurling scroll. (Ciana Miller)

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Otto III Enthroned (997-1000)
Otto III is the emperor enthroned in this picture. He holds a scepter and a cross -inscribed orb. The orb shows his universal authority.To his side stands the clergy representing the Christian Church and the barons on his other side representing the State. This illumination in found in the Gospel Book of Otto III. (Marcela Algave)

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Annnunciation to the Shepherds
The Annunciation of the Shepherds is from the Lectionary of Henry II. The painting is tempera on vellum and it is classical tradition. In the painting the angel has just alighted on a hilll with its wings still beating. The golden background betrays knowledge of Byzantine book illumination and mosaic decoration.
(Nicole Swisher)