This up-to-date, reliable introductory account and interpretation of early medieval art combines art, history, and ideas from around 600 to 1050. Diebold describes diversity and complexity of early medieval art by examining the relationship of word and image. The concept of word and image is broad enough to encompass the Anglo-Saxon art and oral cu
INTRODUCTION: THE CHARACTER OF EARLY MEDIEVAL ART, 1 BOOKS FOR THE ILLITERATE? ART IN AN ORAL CULTURE, 2 ART IN THE SERVICE OF THE WORD, 3 BOOKS FOR THE ILLITERATE? MEANING IN EARLY MEDIEVAL ART, 4 THE CRISIS OF WORD AND IMAGE, 5 INSCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES: ARTIST AND PATRON IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES, CONCLUSION: "BROTHER, WHAT Do You THINK OF THIS IDOL?"