Western European Art After the Fall of Rome


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At the height of its power, Rome stretched into the far northern reaches of the European continent and the British island, but for the Vikings, Saxons, Celts, and other groups who remained outside of its empire, distinct artistic and cultural traditions existed side-by-side the Greco-Roman “mainstream” culture of antiquity. When Rome itself fell to invaders from the north and as Roman culture eroded from lands previously under its control, these alternative artistic traditions would inform the production and the character of artwork of the northwestern stretches of the European continent well through the advent of Christianity.