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Posted on Feb 23, 2017

Architecture, Designs, and Clothing of the Medieval Lifestyle

Architecture, Designs, and Clothing of the Medieval Lifestyle

The Medieval period, also known as the Middle Ages, lasted from the 5th to 15th century in Europe between the fall of the Roman Empire and the birth of the Renaissance period. Art and architecture incorporated a Romanesque style that shifted to a Gothic style later in the Middle Ages.

Clothing varied depending on a person’s wealth and status in society, which was based on a feudal system. Clergy and nobles were at the top of the system, while scientists, merchants and craftsmen were in the middle, and peasants who worked the land were at the bottom. Laws even restricted what people could wear based on their class.

Peasants wore very simple clothing of wool tunics and cloaks, while the wealthy could wear fashionable clothing with gems, lace, and embroidery. Common costumes used today to represent Medieval life include long dresses, knightly armor, furs, and robes. View the links below to learn more about Medieval culture and lifestyle.

Medieval Architecture

Castle Foix, an example of architecture from the Medieval eraChâteau de Foix, constructed in the late 10th Century

Medieval Art

Lorenzetti-Ambrogio-The-Effects-of-Good-GovernmentThe Effects of Good Government, a fresco painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in 1338

  • Gothic Art: The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a detailed timeline of Gothic art and architecture.
  • Medieval Artists: The artwork of the medieval era includes sculptures, stained glass, tapestry, and fine paintings.
  • 3-D Medieval Art and Architectural History: Watch videos and computer modeling that shows three-dimensional examples of medieval art.
  • Medieval Art: The Cleveland Museum of Art presents an overview of its medieval art collection with images and descriptions of items on display.
  • Medieval Europe: The Walters Art Museum offers information about the Middle Ages in Europe, with pictures and descriptions of examples of medieval art.
  • Medieval Art: Explore medieval art and information about the evolution of common architectural styles of this era, as presented by an artist and educator.
  • Taking a Magnifying Glass to the Brown Faces in Medieval Art: NPR presents an interview with an art expert, exploring the history of medieval art.
  • Late Medieval Period: Art: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers insight about the Islamic influence on medieval art.
  • The Illusion of the Renaissance: A lesson plan designed for high school students presents information about medieval and renaissance art.
  • Painting in the Middle Ages: Learn about painting techniques common in the Middle Ages and view examples of paintings.
  • Medieval Collection: The Glencairn Museum has a medieval collection on display featuring sculptures and stained-glass items.
  • Looking to the Medieval to Understand Modern Art: Explore a review of the book “Medieval Modern,” which discusses how medieval art has impacted modern art.

Medieval Clothing

medieval-clothing-illustrationAn illustration of a commoner’s dress; c. 1250

  • Medieval Clothing – history for kids describes what was popular clothing for medieval times throughout Europe.
  • Middle Ages Clothing – Broken down by different classes, this in depth article describes all the different styles of clothing from Kings, knights, peasants and monks!
  • Castle Life: Medieval Clothing for the Wealthy: An in depth look at what clothing and lifestyles were like for those of a wealthy background.


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