MOSAIC ARTIST, French
(active around 800 in Orléans)

The Ark of the Covenant

c. 800
Mosaic
Oratory of Theodulf, Germigny-des-Prés (Loiret)

Today, there remains only one large work of art from the time of Charlemagne and it has been only slightly restored. It is the mosaic in the oratory of Theodulf of Orléans in Germigny-des-Prés, situated just a few kilometres east of Orléans, the seat of his bishopric. This only remaining Carolingian mosaic depicts two angels with outstretched wings who point at the Ark of the Covenant. Theodulf presumably had in his mind a comprehensive plan for the interior decoration of his oratory.