I know you do not have to visit Ireland to learn about the Book of Kells, and most like, it would be better if I knew about it beforehand – then, I could be more appreciative in advance of what I was going to see. In case you are like me and had never heard about it before, it’s an amazing 800 A.D. manuscript containing four canonic gospels (BTW, I thought that the four gospels were canonized later, but that happened in the 4th century!) This amazing manuscript was produced by four monks who copied the text and three illustrators.
The wiki page for the Book of Kells reproduces a lot of illustrations and provides a lot of historic contexts. And obviously, you can’t take pictures of the book itself, so that’s the only way you can have an idea of how it looks like. Just one thing I want to say – it feels surreal when you think you are looking at the book produced 1200 years ago and think about real-life humans who did it!
Here are some pictures from the exhibition about the Book of Kells:
My name is Henrietta (Hettie) Dombrovskaya. I was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russian (actually, back then – Leningrad, USSR) in 1963, and immigrated to the United States in 1996.
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2 thoughts on “The Trinity College And The Book Of Kells”
Haven’t you watched the movie “The Secret of Kells”? It’s a beautiful and very artsy animated movie about the story of the Book of Kells. It’s one of my favorite animations ever.
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I learned about it while I was researching/catching up on things I didn’t know about the Book of Kells. For a reason I can’t really explain, I am not really into animations. I would say I should have a very strong reason to watch any animation. That’s about my deficiencies, not about animation as a genre 🙂 I am just explaining why I didn’t watch it.
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