Explore the two main styles of early manuscript illumination: the Hiberno-Saxon and the Carolingian. These are, for the most part, concurrent styles of art- both the Book of Kells and the Coronation gospels date to about the year 800 CE!
Select one manuscript from each style, and write a compare and contrast of the two styles (discuss how they are similar, and then how they are different, and why these similarities and differences are significant).
Why are manuscripts so important? What is their significance to medieval culture and art? How do these two main styles interact and influence each other? What are the sources for these styles? What influence does Roman and Byzantine art have on the arts of early medieval Europe? Discuss manuscript illumination and its role in the medieval world.