The Renaissance overshadows the Middle Ages and many believe that art in the Middle Ages was barbaric, dim, or some assume there just wasn't that much art being made. This is not true. Medieval art was vibrant, colorful, ornate, and full of detail. Art was also not just paintings, but in books as illustrations or in metalwork, stained glass, and embroidery. Medieval art was also inspired by the Roman empire but this is often downplayed or overlooked to continue the myth that the Dark Ages were a time when classical influence had disappeared.