Art produced in Europe during the reign of Charlemagne and his successors until c. 900. The outstanding characteristic of the period was a revival of interest in Roman antiquity. Works of Byzantine art and architecture served as models. Illuminated manuscripts and relief scenes in ivory and metalwork reflected Classical motifs; mosaics and murals were also produced, but few have survived.
Ivory book cover from the Lorsch Gospels, early 9th century; in the Victoria and Albert Museum,
—Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Crown copyright
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