Saturday, March 16, 2013
For St. Patrick's Day!
The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier. The text of the Gospels is largely drawn from the Vulgate, although it also includes several passages drawn from the earlier versions of the Bible known as the Vetus Latina. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure. (from Wikipedia)
The Book of Kells is now on permanent display at the Trinity College Library, Dublin. They have recently added it to their digital library and it is available for all to see in this format. It is beautifully done, clear and readable (if you read latin of course!). But the gorgeous artwork is worth taking a look at all on its own!
Just for you on St. Patrick's Day...
THE BOOK OF KELLS
May you never find trouble all crowdin' and shovin'
But always good fortune---all smilin' and lovin'!