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Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture

Thursday 30 March 2017

1 Hour


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Leading art historian Professor Michelle P. Brown showcases the metalwork, sculpture and manuscript illumination of the post-Roman era to reveal shared themes, distinctive regional identities and responses to the aftermath of Empire.

The peoples who inhabited the British Isles and Ireland between the demise of the Roman Empire c. 400 and the Norman Conquest in 1066 left a rich heritage of visual art whose influence continues to be felt. Cultural landmarks such as the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch, the Aberlemno Stones, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Alfred Jewel and the Benedictional of St Ethelwold illuminate the age in which they were made, and continued to shape medieval art, the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and to fuel contemporary fascination with a time which was far from being ‘the dark ages’.

Michelle P Brown is professor emerita of Medieval manuscript studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, visiting professor at University College London and Baylor University, senior researcher, University of Oslo, and former curator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library.

Presented by the Bodleian Libraries.