373 - 1453
The Middle Ages (specifically from 600 - 1350) marked an era where the chief subject matter was the Christian religion. As a result, art was almost always created as a way to serve the church and thus, share religious experiences. To be truthful, this mentality was not that far off from what Paleolithic man was doing in 25,000 BC when he created art as a way to share feelings of magic, fertility and great hunts.
The Middle Ages saw the construction enormous cathedrals complete with decorations (sculptures, paintings, mosaics). Decorated books known as illuminated manuscripts were also a common sight.
The Middle Ages included Hiberno-Saxon & Various Styles (200 - 732); Byzantine Art (400 - 1453); Islamic Art (622 - 900); Carolingian Art (732 - 900); Ottonian Art (900 - 1050); Romanesque Style (1000 - 1140) and Gothic Style (1140 - 1500)
Let's back up and begin with Hiberno-Saxon ...
by Andrea Mulder-Slater