Medieval Art and Architecture Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Medieval Art and Architecture
An analysis of medieval art and architecture.
# 57380 | 1,526 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 30, 2005 in Architecture (Ancient) , Art (History) , Architecture (History) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses the notion that architects and artists working in medieval Europe borrowed ideas from all the cultures surrounding the Mediterranean or coming across the central European mountain ranges. The paper presents examples of this cross-culturalism, with a focus on Islam being the most influential of the cultural donors to medieval art and architecture. The paper contends that, although these examples do not definitively trace any single aspect of Islam into Western ecclesiastical art, they do serve as an indication that it is impossible to consider any medieval art, no matter how isolated we think Europe of the Middle Ages must have been, without considering the very substantial trade, not to mention wars and incursions, that made the traditions of one culture available to the others.

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