The Medieval World, C. 400–1300

Early Medieval Art from Northern Europe

What is the difference between Hiberno-Saxon art and Anglo-Saxon art?

The term “Hiberno-Saxon art” refers to non-Christian (pagan) art produced after the fall of the Roman Empire by the Irish (known as Hibernians) and the Anglo-Saxon peoples of southern England. While “Anglo-Saxon art” also refers to early medieval art of the British Isles, it is more closely associated with Christian themes and subject matter. Both of these terms are used by art historians when referring to art produced from around 600 to 1066, the date of the Norman Conquest of Britain.


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