Key Learning Items

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply the concepts and terminology of Early Medieval art
  • Investigate and apply the fundamental questions we ask when looking at art objects from this era
  • Discuss, collaborate, and generate understanding as to the meaning of Early Medieval art
  • Assess and evaluate the impact of Early Medieval art on the continued evolution of Western art

Key Questions to Ask

While you are reviewing the content of this module, consider the following questions:

  • What are the characteristic features of Early Medieval art?
  • What types of art were produced in the Early Medieval period?
  • What are the characteristic features of Carolingian art?
  • How does Carolingian art differ from Early Medieval and Ottonian art?
  • What are the characteristic features of Ottonian art?
  • How is Ottonian art different from Early Medieval and Carolingian art?

Key Vocabulary Terms

  • fibulae
  • barbarian metalwork
  • illuminated manuscripts
  • bestiary
  • cross-carpet page
  • barrel vault
  • groin vault
  • scriptorium
  • repousse√©

Here are links to art history glossaries that will help you better understand the above key vocabulary terms.