The 'Book of Kells', the Irish icon (8th century)

The 'Book of Kells', the Irish icon (8th century)



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The Book of Kells (also called the Great Gospel of Saint Columba) is probably the quintessential Irish work of art, a true icon of the country and a source of national pride.

It may have been created by a community of monks on the (now Scottish) island of Iona in the 8th century, although it is named after Kells Abbey, northwest of Dublin, where it was preserved for centuries.

Today it is on permanent display in the library of Trinity College in the Irish capital.

The book collects the four Gospels in the Vulgate version, although it includes some passages in the Latin before Saint Jerome.

Contents of the 'Book of Kells'

It stands out for its highly elaborate illustrations and ornate letters that combine traditional Christian iconography with the undulating and complex motifs typical of island art.

Its beautiful decorative motifs have been (and continue to be) copied countless times, and surely there is not an Irish bar in the world that does not use a font derived from them on its sign.

Own James joyce was inspired by this famous illuminated manuscript. This manuscript is part of the book "Great medieval manuscripts", by Christopher de Hamel.

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