Anglo-Saxon art is a term that is used to describe art that was produced by the Anglo-Saxons during their presence in Great Britain. This form of art became prominent after the reign of King Alfred. There was a rise in English culture during his reign, and this lasted until the 12th century. After this, Romanesque art became more popular.
Before the rise of King Alfred, the Hiberno-Saxon style was the dominant art form of the day. The Hiberno-Saxon style was a mixture of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon artistic influences. Most historians today know of Anglo-Saxon art through the many manuscripts that existed at the time. Unfortunately, many examples of Anglo-Saxon art have not survived to the present day.
Some examples of art styles that were prominently used by the Anglo Saxons are Byzantine art, iconography, and Carolingian art. When it came to ornaments, the Anglo-Saxons borrowed stylistic influences from Mediterranean cultures. One of the most powerful examples of Anglo Saxon art is the Bayeux Tapestry. Many of the Anglo-Saxon artists worked with things such as metalwork, stone, and ivory. Many of these elements have been found by archaeologists working in the region. The churches in England give historians a good example of the artistic styles that influenced the Anglo-Saxons. The most important thing to realise about this style of art is that it did not emerge from a single source.
The Anglo-Saxons were known for borrowing the styles found in other cultures. However, they would also add their own distinct touch to any art they produced. These artists were also known for working with materials such as enamels. In addition to Byzantine art, the Anglo-Saxons also used the styles that were commonly used by the Norse. One of the most popular manuscripts that describe Anglo-Saxon art is the Benedictional of St. Ethelworld manuscript. The art that was created by this group of people is also prevalent in their architectural style.
Original Authors: Stephen Palmer
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 15/07/2008