234 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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"The Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking peoples who inhabited the British Isles and Ireland from late prehistory to the Norman Conquest left a rich visual heritage. This is the first book to present an illustrated overview of the early art of the British and Irish archipelago during one of the most formative periods in its history. It explores the interaction between its inhabitants, and the formation of national and regional identities through the lens of visual culture. Leading expert Michelle P. Brown explains the historical context within which key artworks of the period were made and used, ranging across works as diverse as the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch, the Aberlemno Stones, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Alfred Jewel and the Benedictional of St Ethelwold, examining the ways in which their complex imagery can be interpreted. She also considers the impact of the art of this period upon the history of art in general: helping to inform both the Carolingian renaissance, the Romanesque and -- from the late nineteenth century -- the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements."--Front cover flap.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 216-228) and index.