The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color (2020)

The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color Anonymous Blanche Cirker The Book of Kells Selected Plates in Full Color Here you may see the face of majesty divinely drawn here the mystic symbols of the Evangelists You will make out intricacies so delicate and subtle so exact and compact so full of knots and links
  • Title: The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color
  • Author: Anonymous Blanche Cirker
  • ISBN: 9780486243450
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color Anonymous Blanche Cirker Here you may see the face of majesty, divinely drawn, here the mystic symbols of the Evangelists You will make out intricacies, so delicate and subtle, so exact and compact, so full of knots and links, with colours so fresh and vivid, that you might say that all this was the work of an angel, and not of a man Giraldus Cambrensis, Topographia Hiberniae, ca 1185 Here you may see the face of majesty, divinely drawn, here the mystic symbols of the Evangelists You will make out intricacies, so delicate and subtle, so exact and compact, so full of knots and links, with colours so fresh and vivid, that you might say that all this was the work of an angel, and not of a man Giraldus Cambrensis, Topographia Hiberniae, ca 1185.Gerald of Wales wrote his ecstatic description of what is most probably the Book of Kells 800 years ago, some 300 years after the work appeared It remains the best description he felt and conveyed the Book s power, the mystery that made it even then unique among early medieval manuscripts.While clearly subject to international influence Celtic, British, Norman possibly Italian, Byzantine, and Coptic , the Book of Kells painters and scribes illumined their work with a purely idiosyncratic beauty The Book of Kells is an icon than a typical evangelistary indeed, the Saint Jerome text of the gospels is frequently corrupt or carelessly rendered, so intent were the artists on their ornament and iconography.One may still see the glorious ornament on display at Trinity College, Dublin a accessible version is this, newly reproduced from a rare facsimile edition Thirty two full page, full color plates have been selected and painstakingly printed to retain the ineffable handpainted impression of the original leaves All the full page decorations, portraits, and illustrations are included, as well as a representative sampling of the textual leaves, in their graceful Insular half uncial calligraphy, interspersed and initialed with an imaginative, fanciful, and even humorous bestiary of lions, lambs, eagles, otters, cats, dragons, birds, fish, and snakes strange men are seen in the cross armed Osiris position, entwined in lion s tails, snakes, vines, and peacock feathers The interlacing and spiraling follow the Insular tradition in botanical ornament the Book stands apart from that school The illustrations include vital specimens of Western art the first image of the Virgin and Child in a Western manuscript, and numerous early representations of the Apocalyptic visionary symbols of the Evangelists symbols that lost their eeriness in later, diluted form, but that in the Book of Kells, according to one scholar, retain their wild, unearthly quality They are perhaps the most striking element in the decoration of the Book Perusers of this Book, casual and serious students of art, religion, or Western culture, will echo Giraldus, who wrote For my part, the oftener I see the book, and the carefully I study it, the I am lost in ever fresh amazement, and I see and wonders in the book.
The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color Anonymous Blanche Cirker

  • BEST MOBI "↠ The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color" || READ (E-Book) µ
    155 Anonymous Blanche Cirker
  • thumbnail Title: BEST MOBI "↠ The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color" || READ (E-Book) µ
    Posted by:Anonymous Blanche Cirker
    Published :2020-04-04T08:10:59+00:00

One thought on “The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color

  1. Manny

    Yesterday, we visited the Book of Kells exhibition at Trinity College, Dublin The book was indeed impressive and beautiful, but I liked even the poem Pangur B n, originally written in 9th century Irish by an unknown monk, on a copy of St Paul s Epistles Robin Flower s translation I and Pangur B n, 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 simp [...]

  2. Mindy

    Saw this at my local used book store and immediately picked it up to buy I ve heard a lot about the Book of Kells but actually don t really know anything Seeing photos of the book, now I can understand what the fuss is all about From 800 A.D It s BEAUTIFUL

  3. Mike Jensen

    The reproductions could be better, but I don t know of a better way to otherwise study this magnificent book.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *