Title

The Book of Kells: Celtic Art, Christian Motif

Date

5-26-2016 11:15 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:30 AM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Department

History

Session Chair

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop

Session Title

History Senior Thesis Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elizabeth Swedo

Abstract

Intricate knot work, humans represented as animals, letters twisting and winding into heads, and decorative plants all featured in a distinctly Celtic form are the artist components of the illuminated manuscript — The Book of Kells. The art between the pages of four Christian gospels in the Book of Kells attest to the blending of Celtic and Christian symbols, a feature that becomes prominent in Irish Christianity. Dating from the year 800 CE, this book is famous not only because of its ornately decorated pages, but also because it has long been associated as a book of St. Columcille, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. This presentation analyzes the ways in which Celtic images feature so distinctively on Christian motifs by focusing specifically on the pages displaying the Chi Rho, the arrest of Christ, and the images of the four Evangelist. For scholars concentrating on the Irish conversion process, from its pagan roots to Christianity, The Book of Kells is an invaluable source because it shows that by the 9th century there was a synthesis of Christian beliefs and Irish culture.

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May 26th, 11:15 AM May 26th, 11:30 AM

The Book of Kells: Celtic Art, Christian Motif

WUC Columbia Room

Intricate knot work, humans represented as animals, letters twisting and winding into heads, and decorative plants all featured in a distinctly Celtic form are the artist components of the illuminated manuscript — The Book of Kells. The art between the pages of four Christian gospels in the Book of Kells attest to the blending of Celtic and Christian symbols, a feature that becomes prominent in Irish Christianity. Dating from the year 800 CE, this book is famous not only because of its ornately decorated pages, but also because it has long been associated as a book of St. Columcille, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. This presentation analyzes the ways in which Celtic images feature so distinctively on Christian motifs by focusing specifically on the pages displaying the Chi Rho, the arrest of Christ, and the images of the four Evangelist. For scholars concentrating on the Irish conversion process, from its pagan roots to Christianity, The Book of Kells is an invaluable source because it shows that by the 9th century there was a synthesis of Christian beliefs and Irish culture.