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The different social and religious changes throughout the ages always tended to change what kind of art was in the world. The semi-new religions that were growing was Christianity which was slowly advancing which of course would reflect in their art. The shift may have come from the changing of how people viewed heaven and earth. I think they wanted to create images and paintings to convey the glory of heaven and the connection between man and God. In the “Ivory Panel with Archangel’ You can see the influence of Roman dress and as well as conveying the power and majesty of the Angel. I think they wanted to move towards conveying the supreme nature of Heaven compared to mankind.