Cultural Influence Of The Early Medieval Era

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Exam 2: Cultural Influence One prominent theme that has been encountered throughout this course has been the idea of influence from one culture to another; a cultures influence on another can impact things such as stylistic transition, and transfer of subject matter. The combination of local traditions and newly introduced ideas will allow for new types of artwork to be produced. Artwork during the Early Medieval era, Romanesque era, and Gothic era demonstrates how local and imported ideas intermingle to produce new things. In order to fully express the idea of cultures integrating local ideas with ideas of other cultures to form new artworks, focusing specifically on architecture will allow for the theme to be fully justified. During the dynamic Early Medieval era, which dates back to 500-1000 BCE, European identity was developed and stimulated by Europeans interactions with other cultures in Eurasia and the Mediterranean. During the Early Medieval era early Christian basilicas such as Santa Sabina and San Paolo fuori le Mura (St. Paul’s Outside the Walls) maintained the basic structure of the Roman basilica, and incorporated local ideas, which include added Christian elements such as the transept and the ambo. The Romanesque era is the art of Europe from approximately 1000 AD to the rise of the Gothic style in the 13th century. Romanesque architecture retained many basic features of Roman architectural style, which include round-headed arches, vaults, apses, and
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