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The Book of Kells

Author: Bernard Meehan
Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Book of Kells is one of the great treasures of medieval Europe. Produced around 800, it presents a text of the Gospels employing decoration that is not only extraordinarily rich and colourful but also, in places, deeply enigmatic. This new book will enrich people interested in manuscripts, in design, in Celtic art, in religious imagery, and in the world of Irish studies. It will be a revelation even to those  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Meehan
ISBN: 9780500238943 0500238944
OCLC Number: 798408179
Notes: "250 illustrations, 230 in color."
In slipcase.
Description: 256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 33 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Historical background. Later history of the manuscript ; Binding and rebinding ; Later additions and annotations --
The elements of the book. Hebrew names ; Canon tables ; The Virgin and Child ; Breves Causae and Argumenta ; The Gospels ; Matthew's Gospel ; Mark's Gospel ; Luke's Gospel ; John's Gospel --
Decoration. Antecedents and influences ; Symbols and themes ; Imaging the Gospels ; Concealed illustrations ; Uncertainties --
Scribes and artists. The scribes' work ; The scribes ; The artists ; The speed of scribes and artists --
Physical features of the book. Vellum ; Tools used ; Pigments and inks ; Constructing the decoration ; Bindings and shrines --
Preludes and parallels --
Structure of the book with a guide to noteworthy pages. Counting the leaves ; Collation map.
Responsibility: Bernard Meehan.

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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  Read more...

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