Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture C.450-1050

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture C.450-1050

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Michelle P Brown, Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture c.450-1050 (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 2016). 234 pp. ISBN 978-1-85124-446-1. ?23.00/545.00. The visual culture of the British Isles in the period from the Fall of the Roman Empire to the Norman Conquest offers fascinating glimpses of a world in which people were on the move, between the islands and across Europe, in which an extraordinary range of spoken and visual languages mingled, and in which 'art', a term as yet unknown, ranged from primitive Pictish scratchings on stone to the elaborate and ornate Desborough Mirror in the British Museum (c.50 bc/ad 50), from the restrained elegance of the scriptura continua of the Cathac of Columcille (late sixth or early seventh century Insular half-uncial) to the wonders of the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne. …

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