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Member Lecture: The Book of Kells and Medieval Irish Manuscripts

March 17, 2015
Rubloff Auditorium
Free for members

In celebration of the opening of Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, we're offering a special St. Patrick's Day lecture. The Book of Kells is one of the most celebrated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, written and illustrated by Celtic monks on the Scottish Isle of Iona. It was later moved to Ireland, probably to protect it from destruction by invading Vikings. This lecture examines the way in which the Book of Kells and other Irish manuscripts of the early medieval period blended new Christian imagery with intricate interlace motifs of Celtic and Germanic tribes—a synthesis that produced works of great power and beauty. Irish high crosses, distinguished by their circular forms and surface carving similar to manuscript motifs, will also be discussed. 

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Photo by Braxton Black