14 June 2011

Book of Kells

Since high school, I have been fascinated with Celtic Art. The Book of Kells is an especially fine example. It is kept in air conditioned lock and key at the Old Library on the campus of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

The monks at Iona created the illuminations in the Book of Kells with a fairly simple grid system, but to master the technique takes hours of practice. Here are some videos that teach the simplest Celtic Knots. A fast celtic knot., and Celtic Knot 2. Compare these to the pictures below to see the difference.

Details from a page in the Book of Kells

One of the most famous illuminations: the gospels

A page from the gospel of Luke
Mary and Jesus

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