Transitional style

The term refers to the style practiced in European art from about 1180 to 1220, that is, in the period of transition between the Romanesque and the Gothic. The most notable characteristic of this art is its stylistic experimentation, partly stimulated by a heightened interest in Byzantine art, as in the work of some of the illuminators of the Winchester Bible. The Transitional Style also shows a shift from some of the more decorative, mannered effects of Romanesque art toward a greater degree of naturalistic rendering.


Michelle Brown

Michelle Brown, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (Malibu, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum in association with the British Library, c1994).