“Germanic Art: Art of the migrating Germanic tribes from the 4th to the 9th centuries. Characterized by the near absence of the human figure and preference for animal forms (zoomorphic ornament) and lacertine. Metalwork and jewelry were specialties. Also called barbaric art. See VISIGOTHIC ART.”
Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.