This book provides an introduction to early medieval art, both the images themselves and the methods used to study them, focusing on the relationship of word and image, a relationship that was central in northern Europe and the Mediterranean from about 600 to about 1050.

chapter 1|36 pages

Books for the Illiterate?

Art in an Oral Culture

chapter 2|26 pages

Art in the Service of the Word

chapter 3|28 pages

Books for the Illiterate?

Meaning in Early Medieval Art

chapter 4|28 pages

The Crisis of Word and Image

chapter 5|12 pages

Inscriptions and Images

Artist and Patron in the Early Middle Ages