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Early Medieval Art

William V. Ganis, PhD

Barbarian Art

Frankish Looped Fibula France


6th - 7th Centuries silver gilt worked in filigree with inlays of garnets and other stones 4 in. long

Purse cover from the Sutton Hoo ship burial Suffolk, England
ca. 625 gold, glass and enamel cloisonn with garnets and emeralds 7 1/2 in. long

Scandinavian Viking Art

Burial Ship Oseberg, Norway


ca. 825 wood 75 1/2 ft. long

Animal-Head Post Oseberg, Norway


ca. 825 wood approximately 5 in. high

Wood carved portal of the stave church at Urnes Urnes, Norway


ca. 1050 - 1070 wood

Hiberno-Saxon Art

Man (symbol of St. Matthew) Book of Durrow possibly from Iona, Scotland
ca. 660-680 ink and tempera on parchment 9 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.

Lion (symbol of St. Mark) Book of Durrow possibly from Iona, Scotland
ca. 660-680 ink and tempera on parchment 9 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.

Carpet Page Book of Durrow possibly from Iona, Scotland


ca. 660-680 ink and tempera on parchment 9 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.

Chi-rho-iota page Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland


8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Evangelists symbols page Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland


8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Matthew and Mark symbols Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland


8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Luke and John symbols Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland


8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Virgin and Child page Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland


8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Illuminated text from the Gospel of Mark Erat autem hora tercia Book of Kells from Iona, Scotland
8th - 9th centuries tempera on vellum 13 x 9 1/2 in.

Cross and Carpet page Lindisfarne Gospels Northumbria, England


ca. 698 - 721 tempera on vellum 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.

Saint Matthew page Lindisfarne Gospels Northumbria, England


ca. 698 - 721 tempera on vellum 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.

The scribe Ezra Codex Amiatinus Jarrow, England


ca. 689-716 tempera on vellum 20 x 13 1/2 in.

High Cross of Muiredach (east side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

High Cross of Muiredach (east side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

High Cross of Muiredach(east side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

Last Judgment

High Cross of Muiredach(east side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

Weighing of Souls

High Cross of Muiredach (west side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

High Cross of Muiredach (west side) Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

Crucifixion

Arrest of Christ

High Cross of Muiredach Monasterboice, Ireland


ca. 923 16 ft. high

Mozarabic Art

Emeterius The tower and Scriptorium of San Salvador de Tbara, colophon (folio 168) of the Commentary on the Apocalypse by Beatus from Tbara, Spain
970 C.E. tempera on parchment 1 ft. 2 1/8 in. x 10 in.

Stephanus Garsia Enthroned Christ with 4 Evangelists and the 24 Elders folios 121 verso and 122 recto of the Apocalypse of Saint-Sever from Saint-Sever-sur-lAdour, France
ca. 1050-1070 ink and tempera on vellum 14 1/2 x 22 in.

Stephanus Garsia Rain of Fire and Blood folios 137 verso Apocalypse of Saint-Sever from Saint-Sever-sur-lAdour, France
ca. 1050-1070 ink and tempera on vellum 14 1/2 x 11 in.

Carolingian Art

Equestrian portrait of Charlemagne(?) from Metz, France


early 9th century bronze, originally gilt 9 1/2 in. high

St. Matthew Coronation Gospels Aachen, Germany


ca. 800-810 ink and tempera on vellum 12 3/4 x 10 in.

Saint Matthew Ebbo Gospels Hautvillers, France


ca. 816 - 835 ink and tempera on vellum 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Saint John Ebbo Gospels Hautvillers, France


ca. 816 - 835 ink and tempera on vellum 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Canon Table Ebbo Gospels Hautvillers, France


ca. 816 - 835 ink and tempera on vellum 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Canon Tables Ebbo Gospels Hautvillers, France


ca. 816 - 835 ink and tempera on vellum 10 1/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Psalm 44 of folio 25 recto of the Utrecht Psalter Hautvillers, France (near Reims)
ca. 820 - 835 ink on vellum 1 ft. 1 in. x 9 7/8 in.

Psalm 57 front cover Psalter of Charles the Bald

Denis, France
ca. 865 ivory panel set in silver-gilt with filigree work and precious stones panel 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. cover 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

Psalm 57 front cover Psalter of Charles the Bald

Denis, France
ca. 865 ivory panel set in silver-gilt with filigree work and precious stones panel 5 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. cover 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

Crucifixion front cover Lindau Gospels


Pierpont Morgan Library, New York ca. 870 gold, precious stones and pearls 13 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.

Odo of Metz
Interior of the Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne Aachen, Germany
ca. 792-805

Odo of Metz
Interior of the Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne Aachen, Germany
ca. 792-805

Odo of Metz
Interior of the Palatine Chapel of Charlemagne Aachen, Germany
ca. 792-805

Torhalle (gatehouse)

Lorsch, Germany
9th century

Torhalle (gatehouse)

Lorsch, Germany
9th century

9th C. ms. And 20th C. model

St. Gall, Switzerland


ca. 819

Schematic plan for a monastery St. Gall, Switzerland


ca. 819 redrawn after a 9th century manuscript

Drawing of the monastery church of St. Riquier Centula, France


ca. 800 engraving made in 1612 after a now destroyed 11th century miniature

Ottonian Art

Westwork of the Abbey Church Corvey, Germany


ca. 873-885

Nave of the church of St. Cyriakus Gernrode, Germany


ca. 961-963

Abbey church of St. Pantaleon Cologne, Germany


ca. 966-980

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Abbey Church of St. Michaels Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1001-1031

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Middle

Bottom

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Doors with relief panels Genesis, left door - Christ, right door Hildesheim, Germany
ca. 1001-1031

Column with reliefs illustrating the life of Christ Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1015-1022 bronze 12 ft. 6 in. high

Column with reliefs illustrating the life of Christ Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1015-1022 bronze 12 ft. 6 in. high

Column with reliefs illustrating the life of Christ Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1015-1022 bronze 12 ft. 6 in. high

Column with reliefs illustrating the life of Christ Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1015-1022 bronze 12 ft. 6 in. high

Column with reliefs illustrating the life of Christ Hildesheim, Germany


ca. 1015-1022 bronze 12 ft. 6 in. high

Crucifix commissioned by Archbishop Gero

Cologne Cathedral, Germany


ca. 970 painted wood 6 ft. 2 in. high

Abbess Uta folio 2 of the Uta Codex Regensburg, Germany


ca. 1025 tempera on parchment 9 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in.

Annunciation to the Shepherds Lectionary of Henry II from Reichenau, Germany


ca. 1002-1014 tempera on vellum 17 x 13 in.

Otto III enthroned Gospel Book of Otto III from Trier, Germany
ca. 997-1000 tempera on vellum 13 x 9 3/8 in.

Tribute of the Provinces Gospel Book of Otto III from Trier, Germany
ca. 997-1000 tempera on vellum 13 x 9 3/8 in.

Otto III Enthroned Liuthar (Aachen) Gospels from Aachen, Germany


ca. 1000 ink and tempura on vellum 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.