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The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College, Dublin

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The Book of Kells is the most spectacular of a group of manuscripts created in Ireland and northern Britain between the seventh and tenth centuries, a period when Irish monasticism was in the vanguard of Christian culture. Its earliest history remains controversial but it was in the keeping of the monastery of Kells, Co. Meath, for most of the Middle Ages - hence its name - and has been in the library of Trinity College Dublin, since the mid-seventeenth century. It is a masterpiece of medieval art - a brilliantly decorated copy of the four Gospels with full-page illustrations of Christ, the Virgin and Child and the Evangelists, and a wealth of smaller decorative painting that does not always relate to the sacred text. The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of its preservation make it an object of endless fascination. This edition includes the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail - spiral and interlace patterns, human and animal ornament - a combination of high seriousness and humor. Accompanying the illustrations is a new, up-to-date text by Bernard Meehan, the current Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin. It provides a scholarly analysis of these exuberant inventions, the artists, the text and the writing, and a full account of the historical background to the miraculous world of the Book of Kells.

Synopsis:

Reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages of the Book of Kells, with a series of enlargements showing minute details. This book also looks at the artists, the text and the writing, and has an account of the historical background of the book.

Synopsis:

"Beautiful ... by far the best modern short account of one of the great monuments of early Irish civilization ... required reading for anyone interested in the subject."--

Synopsis:

"Beautiful … by far the best modern short account of one of the great monuments of early Irish civilization … required reading for anyone interested in the subject."—The Irish Times

Synopsis:

is a masterpiece of medieval art--a brilliantly decorated version of the four Gospels with full-page depictions of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists as well as a wealth of smaller decorative painting. The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of preservation make an object of endless fascination. This edition reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail; spiral and interlaced patterns, human and animal ornament--a combination of high seriousness and humor. The text is by Bernard Meehan, the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.

About the Author

Bernard Meehan is Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, owners of the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow, two outstanding survivals from the early Scottish-Irish Christian world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500277904
Author:
Meehan, Bernard
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Illumination of books and manuscripts
Subject:
Calligraphy
Subject:
Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland)
Subject:
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Celtic
Subject:
Book of Kells
Subject:
Techniques - Calligraphy
Subject:
European
Subject:
Art-Calligraphy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Second Edition
Series Volume:
no. 94-5
Publication Date:
19950231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
110 color illustrations
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
9.74x7.50x.32 in. .83 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages of the Book of Kells, with a series of enlargements showing minute details. This book also looks at the artists, the text and the writing, and has an account of the historical background of the book.
"Synopsis" by , "Beautiful ... by far the best modern short account of one of the great monuments of early Irish civilization ... required reading for anyone interested in the subject."--
"Synopsis" by , "Beautiful … by far the best modern short account of one of the great monuments of early Irish civilization … required reading for anyone interested in the subject."—The Irish Times
"Synopsis" by , is a masterpiece of medieval art--a brilliantly decorated version of the four Gospels with full-page depictions of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists as well as a wealth of smaller decorative painting. The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of preservation make an object of endless fascination. This edition reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail; spiral and interlaced patterns, human and animal ornament--a combination of high seriousness and humor. The text is by Bernard Meehan, the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.
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