Medieval Architects and Artists: The Carolingians and Classical Motif

The use of Classical Motif in Medieval Design. All structures featured in my article: "Carolingian Renaissance: Charlemagne Inspired Art."
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Germigny-des-Pres Oratory: Gothic Byzantine styled Mosaic of the Ark of the Covenant, 806. "The subject seems drawn from illuminated Jewish bibles, and relates to the Libri Carolini, possibly written by Theodulf, where the Ark is cited as divine approval of sacred images."

Germigny-des-Pres Oratory: Gothic Byzantine styled Mosaic of the Ark of the Covenant, 806. "The subject seems drawn from illuminated Jewish bibles, and relates to the Libri Carolini, possibly written by Theodulf, where the Ark is cited as divine approval of sacred images."

Bronze Doors, Aachen Palace Chapel. 750.

Bronze Doors, Aachen Palace Chapel. 750.

Germigny-des-Prés Oratory, Loiret, Orléanais, by Bishop Theodulf of Orléans, 806. Within Gallo-Roman villa, Germaniacus.

Germigny-des-Prés Oratory, Loiret, Orléanais, by Bishop Theodulf of Orléans, 806. Within Gallo-Roman villa, Germaniacus.

Exterior and Landscape, Aachen Palace and Royal Church of St. Mary, Aachen.

Exterior and Landscape, Aachen Palace and Royal Church of St. Mary, Aachen.

Home Decor: The furniture of Feudal Europe in the dark ages reflected the majestic functions of the court.

Home Decor: The furniture of Feudal Europe in the dark ages reflected the majestic functions of the court.

The patterns that became prominent on renaissance furniture reflected an insular culture and were typically based on geometrical shapes, such as the design seen at the medieval structure, the Lorsch Gate.

The patterns that became prominent on renaissance furniture reflected an insular culture and were typically based on geometrical shapes, such as the design seen at the medieval structure, the Lorsch Gate.


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"Civitas Dei" (The City of God), Neo Byzantine style mosaic of the ceiling at the entrance of the Cathedral of Aachen, Aachen, Germany

"Civitas Dei" (The City of God), Neo Byzantine style mosaic of the ceiling at the entrance of the Cathedral of Aachen, Aachen, Germany

Exterior and Landscape, Aachen Palace and Royal Church of St. Mary, Aachen.

Exterior and Landscape, Aachen Palace and Royal Church of St. Mary, Aachen.

The Abbey of Lorsch is a former Imperial Abbey in Lorsch, Germany, near Worms, one of the most renowned monasteries of the Carolingian Empire. Even in its ruined state, its remains are among the most important pre-Romanesque–Carolingian style buildings in Germany. Its chronicle, entered in the Lorscher Codex compiled in the 1170s (now in the state archive at Würzburg) is a fundamental document for early medieval German history.

The Abbey of Lorsch is a former Imperial Abbey in Lorsch, Germany, near Worms, one of the most renowned monasteries of the Carolingian Empire. Even in its ruined state, its remains are among the most important pre-Romanesque–Carolingian style buildings in Germany. Its chronicle, entered in the Lorscher Codex compiled in the 1170s (now in the state archive at Würzburg) is a fundamental document for early medieval German history.

Aachen Cathedral - Bronze pine cone in the entrance hall - Foto James Steakley - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Aachen Cathedral - Bronze pine cone in the entrance hall - Foto James Steakley - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The patterns that became prominent on renaissance furniture reflected an insular culture and were typically based on geometrical shapes, such as the design seen at the medieval structure, the Lorsch Gate.

The patterns that became prominent on renaissance furniture reflected an insular culture and were typically based on geometrical shapes, such as the design seen at the medieval structure, the Lorsch Gate.

Bronze Doors, Aachen Palace Chapel. 750.

Bronze Doors, Aachen Palace Chapel. 750.

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