The Germanic Style Of Animal Art

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The Germanic style of art called Animal art is a characterized by the distorted animals that it depicts, and it's seemingly random shaped objects that at closer inspection are made up of small symmetric shapes. The distorted animals are described at twisted and stretched, and sometimes made up of significant parts of other animals. The griffin is a an example of this style, which is a beast made up of an eagle head, and a lion body. Many examples of this art are made of gold and enamel with different highly valuable gems to emphasize features. There exists three styles categorized as Style I, II, and III which preceded one another over 200 years in particular. This art form is in contrast to what people think of the dark ages, which were…show more content…
Bernard Salin was an expert in his field of typologien, a German word that describes styles of art and discerning their differences over time. He was often writing geological research in contrast to archaeology, which took into account the oldest settlements in a landscape. Salin's work in archaeology influenced him to categorize Animal art in a scientific approach. During a time known as the Migration Period, he noticed that there were three distinct types of Animal art that could be described definitively. Style I was dated between the late 400's to the year 600, style II from late 500's to 700's and style III onward until the 800's. The main countries involved were Crimea, southern Russian, Europe, Denmark, northern Germany, and Italy. The affect of trade relations were the key to the changes that brought each style to the next, as explained by Salin. Today, there is evidence that Salin misunderstood the history of certain events, and has generally been left…show more content…
As we saw with Animal art, there was periods of enlightenment and this was not the reason for the name. The medieval arts were during a period of time when it was appreciated as much as architecture and science, and every part was scrutinized for a specific look. The colors of objects were not simply chosen based on availability or preference, but an interest in creating a certain illusion. For example, the color black would be used minimally, as it ment mourning and death. Blue was a representation of heaven and the truth, green the color of fertility and springtime. Every color had an emotional connection, as did the size and design of architecture. Buildings were reaching out of Romanesque and into Gothic style, going from compartmentalized and dark, to letting in light and being open. The first example of this is the Rayonnet style, which emphasized the letting of light, and means, “to shine.” The open corridor was a sense of harmony, and the invention of the flying buttress allowed the Chartres Cathedral to have the open flowing and harmonious design it has today. The flying buttress was a support piece that kept the architecture from falling inward due to lateral thrust from the wall. The flying buttresses are extremely ugly looking on the outside, but you really get a chance to appreciate it's usefulness when you look at the inside and don't see regular buttresses killing

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