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The Bishop of Assisi is giving a palm to Saint Clare. Saint Francis of Assisi is standing next to the Bishop. The figures stand out against a delicately tooled gold background.

The Bishop of Assisi Giving a Palm to Saint Clare, ca. 1360, German, tempera and gold on oak panel, Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Historical Background

Medieval and Early Modern Art and Architecture are typically divided into several periods based on time, region, and style.

- Late Antique/Early Christian Art (c. 300-476)

In Europe, 
- Early Medieval Art (476-mid 11th century), which includes:
        - Migration Period Art (4th-10th centuries)
        - Hiberno-Saxon (or Insular) Art (late 7th-12th centuries in Great Britain and Ireland)
        - Anglo-Saxon Art (5th century-1066 in Great Britain) 
        - Carolingian and Ottonian Art (8th century in the Holy Roman Empire)
- High Medieval Art (mid 11th-13th centuries), which includes: 
        - Romanesque Art (11th-mid 12th centuries) 
        - Gothic Art (mid 12th-13th centuries) 
- Late Medieval Art (13th-15th centuries)

In the Byzantine Empire, 
- The First Golden Age of Byzantine Art (6th-7th centuries)
- The Second Golden Art of Byzantine Art (9th-11th centures) 


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