Early Christian - Styles and Influencess
Early Christian, Pre-Romanesque
The Islamized Arabs advanced into the Mediterranean after 630. In Western Europe, the Germanic peoples settled in Roman Gallia and gradually became converted to Christianity. Here the fusion took place between late Classical, Germanic and Celtic-Irish cultural heritages. A new Merovingian art was born (6th-7th c.). Classical art was rediscovered in the Carolingian period (8th/9th c.) and Byzantine art mostly under the Ottonians (10th c.).