Book of Kells
The Book of Kells - The Book of Kells is a lavishly decorated manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament of the Bible. Generally believed to have been…
The Book of Kells is written in an insular majuscule script which was the calligraphy used by the Irish and British monks for their fine manuscripts. Although parts of the Gospel of John and some other material have been lost, the Book remains one of the most spectacular pieces of Insular Art ever created; a beautiful, elaborate fusion of Celtic and Christian cultures.
Books of Kells - Part 1: Around the year 750, Irish monks laboring in isolation on a tiny island of Iona off Scotland's west coast began work on a book that would outlast empires, a book that many say may be the greatest illustrated version of the Gospels ever made. (Parts 2-7 are available on YouTube)
Gospel of St. Matthew Folio 100v is a page from the Gospel of St Matthew and provides a wonderful example of the density of invention which is often contained on a single page. As with modem bibles, the Book of Kells uses a system which makes it easy to identify particular sections or verses. The first page of a new section is invariably illuminated in either a human, animal, or abstract form. There are approximately 2,000 such letters throughout Kells, and each is different in shape and colour.