The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

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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 smaller decorative painting. This new book, by the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College Library, Dublin, represents on a generous scale the glories of the "Book of Kells" for todays readers, revealing the astounding detail and richness of one of the greatest treasures of medieval art. Its illustrations feature 59 full-size reproductions of complete pages of the manuscript, and, in addition, enlarged details that allow one to relish the intricacy of elements barely visible to the naked eye. We explore "The Book of Kells" through its historical background; a display of the elements of the book, actual size; the spectacular openings of the texts that precede the Gospels; a study of earlier and comparable manuscripts; detailed examination of symbols and themes, with special enlarged details; a look at the scribes and artists who worked on the manuscript; and a consideration of technical aspects, illuminated by recent scientific research.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 260 x 336 x 38mm | 2,481.14g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 250 illustrations, 230 in colour
  • 0500238944
  • 9780500238943
  • 51,674

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A fine introduction to this extraordinarily beautiful work.

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I bought this book because it said it was a Facimile. I had plans to use it in my studies and work, It was not what the description said. So save your money on this book. To be short- It is simply another book just like all the other books out there, just in a new wrapping. It is nice to have when the price drops to 4, more
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