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January 19, 2020

The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells. Is there anything human-made more beautiful? Below is Folio 292r (circa 800) of The Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament. The entire work is housed at Trinity College Library in Dublin. This page opens the Gospel of John. Illustrations in the Book of Kells are bursting with pre-Christian, pagan and Celtic symbols and motifs that had been evolving, mixing and merging in Ireland for nearly 8000 years. The result a ancient montage of mixed media that is playful, quirky, sexual, mystical and a yet still deeply Christian. And a masterwork of Western calligraphy. 680 pages of the work survives.

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Posted by JD Hull at January 19, 2020 11:59 PM


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