The Book of Kells is the richest, most copiously illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels in existence. 35 full-color illustrations....
|Title||:||The Book of Kells|
|Number of Pages||:||70 Pages|
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The Book of Kells Reviews
An illustrated guide to the Book of Kells7 July 2013 I wish I learnt something simple from every book that I read but unfortunately that is not always the case. I doubt I am going to learn anything from the book that I am currently reading (the Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah) but I can say that I actually learnt something from this book, and that is what 'The Book of Kells' actually is. When I first bought this book I thought that it was some Irish legend but as it turns out the Book of Kells is actually a very old Latin version of the bible (or the four Gospels to be precise). Now, if it was just any old ancient copy of the bible (or the gospels) then I doubt anybody would actually write a book (even a little book) about it. Well, okay, there are lots and lots of books written about the bible (and the gospels in particular) but we are not talking about a commentary or some other Christian book here but rather a version of the gospels themselves. The thing about the Book of Kells is that it is a beautifully illustrated version of the gospels with so much detail going into almost every word the book is a work of art in and of itself. Somebody mentioned that the problem with this book (that is the book about the Book of Kells and not the Books of Kells itself) is that it is a really small book which means that the plates of the Book of Kells that it represents are really small and it is really difficult to see the detail. This book (I won't go through that again because I assume you know which book I am referring to and which book I am not) also examines the various pictures and plates that is shows. However, instead of going on any further I think I might just show you a couple of the plates here so you know what I am talking about. This I believe is the Book of Kells but it has been somewhat mutilated (probably because it spent quite some time buried underground, and then another long time hidden in some archbishop's attic). These are some of the letters that are used in the Book of Kells. I wonder if Microsoft Word has a font like this, and if I can actually get away writing an essay using that font. I'll let you work out what that image is.
This book was a bit of a disappointment for me I would of liked a bit more detail and history included in the start of the book. The pictures of the books pages are stunning but in this tiny book they are hard to truly appreciate. All in all the book was ok and gave a brief overview and history with excellent pictures but if the pages had been bigger and a bit more detail included the book would of been even better and worth more stars as a review. Although reading this book has made me want to learn more about 'The book of Kells' so in that department it was a success.
This little book is quite fascinating, and for people who are unaware of its existence – as I was – quite informative. That being said, it is unfortunate that the compiler or publisher chose such a small format. The pictures, or folios, reproduced here are so tiny that much of their rich detail is lost. Even with the text pointing out what was important in the folios, it was hard to ascertain the details. An interesting book and a good place to start.
A short introduction to the Book of Kells--one of the few that I've seen that has color plates, although the book I have is small. Well worth the art and small synopsis explaining each plate, especially if you like Celtic designs like I do.
The information was fascinating, and the prints were extraordinarily beautiful. Unfortunately, the book is too small to do the prints justice. I've learned my lesson about purchasing tiny art books. From now on, I'll carefully check the dimensions before ordering.
Book really brings out an appreciation for the art work and calligraphy that went into the creation of The Book of Kells by Irish monks. Enjoyed the book, and its illustrations alone are well enough good reason to hold onto this one.
I'd like to read a more detailed study, but this was a pretty good introduction to one of history's most famous religious texts.
a nice place to start