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1 08, 2017

Medieval art history – Europe

By |2017-08-01T07:56:10-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

A Late Antique ivory carving Roman art, German art, and Islamic art mixed together in Europe in the Early Middle Ages to create a new form, which we call medieval art. Art historians divide medieval art into Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic art. But these types of art looked different in different places, and in the hands of [...]

1 08, 2017

Medieval German art

By |2018-04-10T22:56:55-07:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

Evangelists on an ivory plaque, Cologne(?), ca. 1000 AD (Now in Metropolitan Museum, New York) At first, German art after the fall of Rome was a lot like Visigothic or Merovingian art. People call German art made after the 900s AD "Ottonian" after the German emperors who were ruling at that time. Because these Otto emperors thought of themselves as being Holy Roman [...]

31 07, 2017

Cimabue – Giotto’s teacher – Medieval art

By |2019-04-04T04:41:14-07:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|0 Comments

The painter Cimabue's Madonna and Jesus, in Louvre Museum, Paris Who was Cimabue? The painter Cimabue (really Cenno di Pepe, but people call him Cimabue) was born in Florence, Italy, around 1240 AD, in the Middle Ages. More about Florence Medieval art All our Middle Ages articles Cimabue's mosaics Cimabue (chee-MA-boo-ay) worked in and around [...]

31 07, 2017

Westminster Abbey – London

By |2017-07-31T10:53:24-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Westminster Abbey western facade (front) Westminster Abbey is a large church in the Gothic style in London, England. Edward the Confessor built an abbey here in 1050 AD, in the Romanesque style. (An abbey is a place for monks or nuns to live and pray) William the Conqueror was crowned in the Abbey. And since his time all English kings and queens have also been crowned [...]

31 07, 2017

Sainte Chapelle – Paris – Conciergerie

By |2017-07-31T10:08:19-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Sainte Chapelle, in Paris The Sainte Chapelle was (and is) a beautiful little church or chapel in France, on the island in the middle of the city of Paris. King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, and his mother, Queen Blanche of Castile, built it between 1241 and 1248 AD (before Louis left on the Seventh Crusade). King [...]

31 07, 2017

Rouen cathedral – medieval France

By |2017-07-31T10:03:41-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Rouen cathedral (begun 1202 AD) The people of Rouen, in northern France, decided to build themselves a new cathedral in 1200 AD, just after people started building Chartres cathedral, and only about forty years after they began building Laon Cathedral and Notre Dame in Paris. Rouen nave Unlike these other cathedrals, though, it took more than three hundred years to [...]

31 07, 2017

Inside Reims cathedral – Nave and Transept

By |2017-07-31T09:49:52-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Elevation of the nave inside Reims cathedral One difference between Chartres cathedral and Reims cathedral was that at Reims they didn't build a deep gallery over the aisle. Instead, they just put in a shallow, fake gallery, that looked lighter. As at Chartres, this gallery is tiny compared to the big arches underneath. On the [...]

31 07, 2017

Reims cathedral – medieval France

By |2017-07-31T09:44:21-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

Reims cathedral (begun 1211 AD) Reims was already an important Christian church in 496 AD, just after the fall of Rome, when the first Christian king of France, Clovis, was baptized there (the remains of the baptismal font are still there under the cathedral). After that, most kings of France were crowned in Reims (pronounced RANCE). The bishops of Reims wanted their [...]

31 07, 2017

Pisa Baptistery – Medieval Italy

By |2019-02-10T08:57:19-07:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|0 Comments

The baptistery of Pisa, Italy When did Pisa build their baptistery? This baptistery is where people baptized  their children in medieval Pisa (PEE-za), in Italy. The people of Pisa built their round baptistery in the Romanesque style around 1150 AD. What is baptism? Romanesque architecture Pisa in the Middle Ages All our Medieval Europe articles How did Pisa [...]

31 07, 2017

Inside Notre Dame – Paris, France

By |2019-04-16T12:41:12-07:00July 31st, 2017|History|0 Comments

Notre Dame of Paris nave Building the apse of Notre Dame After they had pretty much finished the nave of Notre Dame of Paris, the builders worked on the crossing. Then they started on the apse. They finished the apse in 1182 AD, and the nave in 1196. What is an apse? Start of Notre [...]