The Catholic religion became divided in the Great Schism. The art period up to 1000AD is referred to as Pre-Romanesque art and after that date as Romanesque Art
Romanesque Art History Overview
The Romanesque art style of the Dark Ages or early Medieval Religious Art was created largely for the Christian Catholic Church in the European lands which were part of the western Roman empire. Christian art and religious iconography began, about two hundred years after the death of Christ. Western Christian art and religious iconography was originally based on the classical art styles and imagery used by the Ancient Romans. In the period encompassing Medieval art iconography began to be standardised and to relate more closely to the texts found in the Bible.
Romanesque Art Style
The Romanesque art style of the middle was created largely for the Western Christian Church which became known as the Catholic church. The style of Romanesque Art was characterised by:
The production of Pietistic painting (religious Christian art) in the form of illuminated manuscripts, mosaics and fresco paintings in churches
Medieval art in the form of brightly colored stained glass windows
The colors in the art of this period were generally muted except those used in manuscripts and stained glass windows
Figures in Romanesque Art often varied in size in relation to their importance
Religious shrines and caskets were decorated with fine metals, gilt work and enamel
Romanesque embroidery including the Bayeux Tapestry
Large, stone, figurative sculptures
Small Ivory Carvings
Later Romanesque art was influenced by the changes in Byzantine art.