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Breton Symbols
The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

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he “Book of Kells” was once the most precious object of the Western World. It was at the time when monks from Ireland brought the Good News (Gospel of Jesus) to the rest of Europe. Its name is taken from the small town of Kells and its origins believed to be from the monastery ther..

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The “Book of Kells” was once the most precious object of the Western World. It was at the time when monks from Ireland brought the Good News (Gospel of Jesus) to the rest of Europe. Its name is taken from the small town of Kells and its origins believed to be from the monastery there towards the end of the first Millenium AD. Since the XVIIth Century, however, it has been kept at the Trinity College Library in Dublin. This masterpiece of medieval illustration is a tribute to the genius of Irish artistic talent, the four gospels is a remarkable celebration of Christ, the creation, the virgin Mary and the apostles interwoven with otters, moths, and decorative mice running along the page margins reminding us of how the artists and copyists of that day lived in intimacy with the natural world around them.
The way in which the sacred is married to the playful whims of the highly skilled iconographer is celebrated wonderfully in this edition, taking the most key features of the original book and Bernard Meehan’s text,  he being the current guardian of Trinity College’s print room. It is in this way that the beautiful Christian symbols embellished by their Celtic bearers are immortally revived.
Bermard Meehan
Thames & Hudson Publishing.

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