The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College, Dublin

Book - 1994
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The Book of Kells 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 The Book of Kells 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames and Hudson, 1994.
ISBN: 9780500277904
Branch Call Number: 745.67 Meehan
Characteristics: 95 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.


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bookfanatic1979 Feb 16, 2013

I've had an ongoing fascination with the Book of Kells ever since I was old enough to understand what it was. This is a very brief, but incredibly thorough, overview. Meehan does an excellent job of using images culled from the text to highlight the examples of the different symbols and artwork he mentions. I felt like I was standing next to the Book, listening to my very own tour guide.


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