What is the Book of Kells?
The Book of Kells is an ancient illuminated script which is housed in Trinity College, Dublin. Because of its age it is obviously all written and illustrated by hand in what is known as Insular Script.
In 382, Pope Damasus asked Jerome, a scholar, to produce a Latin version of the Bible. This translation of the Bible was called the Vulgate, and this became the most used of the Bible.
The Book of Kells is mainly the Vulgate translation.
Here is a very brief look at The Book of Kells.
In particular, I appreciate your affixing two images of sentient felines.
But it intrigues me what is featured in the way of add-ons and colors.
For example, what is the arrow-like add-on to the tail of the sentient feline on the right? And what is that bewhiskered, small-headed animal at the end of the sentient feline on the left?
The subheading, Colours used, below those two side-by-side images, joins a number of realistic colors to the fanciful blue and green!
Why would non-realistic blue and green be used instead of realistic black, brown, gray, orange and yellow?
I apologise for the late reply Derdriu. They are very very fragile and kept away from the light. They are not as elaborate as Kells and I did not see inside them. The light is fairly subdued in the gallery.
Your images from your recentest visit to Dublin let us enjoy page-views of the Book of Kells.
The other book and the pocket gospels remained as views of them closed in their glass cases.
Would the Book of Armagh, Durrow and Melling and the Pocket Gospels be as impressive if opened? Or would they have showed their ages?
It is centuries old. Frank you would love it.. It also includes the Book of Armagh, Durrow and Melling. and the Pocket Gospels. We are going to Cork next month.
I cannot think of any theological significance for this observation.
Derdriu. Good morning.
It really does. I do not know of any particular significance to this. I assume it may have faded over 1200 years.
Your second in-text image set, directly under the subheading From the Book of Kells, has an interesting look to the eyes of the man on the left.
The right eye is without a pupil! Is there a name linked with that image?
Might there be an historically accurate reason for this or would that pupil-less eye result from aging and environmental stress upon the Book of Kells?
You cannot infer from my response that I am a monarchist.I was merely describing the state of affairs when I was two,which is a far cry from approving it.In fact, I remember the party rather than the coronation.
For your information I am a benign,inactive republican.I do not believe in monarchy, but live with it and do not contend against it, for I have my own issues to deal with.
YOU monarchist you ! :)
Yes, I was two when she was crowned, a couple of weeks before I was three. In later years my parents could not believe that I could remember the street party that was held, until I proved my memory was accurate by describing the scene. Rain had necessitated that it was held in our tiny terraced house, which was full of children.My younger brother, Tony, was but a baby, so he sat on grandfather's knee on grandfather's favourite chair by the large fireplace with its hob and oven.The children stood on a green bench at the table eating lollipops and drinking orange juice.