The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

Carolingian and Ottonian Art

What is Ottonian art?

Ottonian art is a term that refers to the art and architecture produced under a new, powerful dynasty that established itself in the eastern portion of the Holy Roman Empire after the power of the Carolingian dynasty had faded. Three main rulers, Otto I, Otto, II, and Otto III ruled from 919 to 1002 and were based in modern-day Germany. During the Ottonian period, the arts flourished and new innovations in architecture, metalwork, and ivory carving were key elements in the so-called “Ottonian Renaissance.”


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