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The Book of Kells (original 1994; edition 2012)

by Bernard Meehan (Author)

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Member:kdweber
Title:The Book of Kells
Authors:Bernard Meehan (Author)
Info:Thames & Hudson (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:medieval, Christianity, illumination, art

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The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin by Bernard Meehan (1994)

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I and Pangur Bán my cat
'Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.Better far than praise of men
'Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill will
He too plies his simple skill. Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur's way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net. 'Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
'Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try. Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light. ( )
  Iskandar_LT | Jan 2, 2011 |
IR/00083
  TRIARC | Aug 12, 2010 |
A quick but academic read about the illuminated manuscripts copied by monks in ancient Ireland. Luckily it is heavily illustrated to avoid my head spinning from the frequent use of language specific to the trade of manuscript studies ( )
1 vote Othemts | Jun 25, 2008 |
Good general introduction to the book and its history. Shows a few of the less common folios and gives some detail close ups. 117 illustrations, 110 in color. ( )
  sprowett | May 3, 2008 |
The Book of Kells: possibly the pinnacle of medieval artistic achievement. This book provides a great introduction to the manuscript and its pictures are almost entirely in color. ( )
1 vote clairabella09 | Aug 26, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0500277907, Paperback)

"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

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. 110 color illustrations

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Provides 110 color illustrations from the original Book of Kells, and discusses the background of the book and its motifs and themes.

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