Pre-Romanesque and the Migration Period art
Migrations-the time of turmoil and conquest, decline and ascent, constant turbulence and change. Weakened Roman Empire was under constant attacks from the newcomer nations from Asia, bringing with them their understanding of art, its themes, motifs and ornaments.
The art of this period is characterized by dynamic and playful compositions, which in a strange, art way reflect the restless spirit of the age. Combining existing ancient Roman heritage with complex ornamentation and geometric patterns, stylized plants and animals, and all that through Christian themes, a new European art was born.
Inextricably linked to Christianity, this art was created for the needs of the church, or a ruler, and only a small number of people at that time, had the privilege of enjoying some of the richly illustrated manuscripts, that are nowadays kept as objects of inestimable value.
It is these preserved manuscripts that depict the spirit of the times, fascinating us with its rich decoration.
GELASY’S PRAYER BOOK, VIII CENTURY
Lavishly inscribed and geometrically decorated, initial letters are often complemented by patterns of stylized, twisted, ivy or vines, stylized birds, eagles and peacocks, lions or fish which by then were already well-established Christian symbols.
THE BOOK OF KELLS, IX CENTURY
(The Book of Kells (Latin: Codex Cenannensis) is one of the best preserved manuscripts from early medieval times. It was created in Ireland in the 9th century and consists of 4 Gospels, richly illustrated with different motifs: a human figure, a fantastic unreal beings, Celtic symbols…Rich intense colouring of the illustrations, makes them even more vivid and more luxurious.)
Use of emphasized geometric schemes, lots of motifs and rich colours as the basic principles of art of the period, is something that is acceptable and applicable for various purposes even in modern interior design.
Textiles and wallpapers are the most common interior elements in which we find a similar approach in the design and positioning of the motifs, as well as use of colour. Their use requires devised, creative project approach to each new space. Such materials become the dominant motifs which give specific vibrancy and compliance to the space, and when skillfully combined with other materials and pieces of furniture, will create a cozy ambience.
The living room will become a place for rest and relaxation, inspirational place to think and work, with enough courage to cover a wall surface with a wallpaper that has complex floral or geometric designs.