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They have an air of refinement and mannered elegance which shows that quite new effects were being sought and suggests that a courtly aesthetic was now more appropriate than the heroic grandeur so evident in Northumbria cjoo. It is not certain, however, that the characteristics of this Thus when confronted with the beautiful repousse silver Ormside Bowl (Yorkshire Museum, York), which has much of the liveliness of the it and decorated books, such as the so-called Barberini Gospels (Vatican Library, Rome).

No ever, several smaller churches or parts of a is rather different. Rather than the basic rendered cement-and- 414 ANGLO-SAXON ART rubble walling of Earls Barton blocks of stone. relief Its whole effect is uses large, well-squared it one of precision. has low- It blind arcading of a convincingly geometrical appearance rather than picturesque, erratic strip-work. This because careful important is shows that English masons were quite capable of design and stone-cutting, and it raises the question it whether the apparently be deliberately rustic style of Earls contrived aesthetic for Barton might not rather effect than simply showing a low level of competence.

As one might expect, the flickering, linear Winchester style was difficult to adapt to large-scale sculpture, and the result was that the "Quiet style", or at least a quiet version of the Winchester style, predominated. The loincloth of Christ on the large stone Romsey rood at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire shows none of the agitation of the Ethelwold The Vv inchester style: David playing his harp, a folio from a CVI, British Library, London W inchoter psalter of c 1060, MS. Tiberius cathedral or major abbey, has survived.

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