The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells

An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin

  1. Bernard Meehan
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  • ISBN 9780500277904
  • 24.70 x 19.10 cm
  • Paperback
  • 96pp
  • 117 Illustrations, 110 in colour
  • First published 1995
‘Beautiful … by far the best modern short account of one of the great monuments of early Irish civilization … required reading for anyone interested in the subject’ – The Irish Times

The Book of Kells is a masterpiece of medieval art – a brilliantly decorated version of the four Gospels with full-page depictions of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists as well as a wealth of smaller decorative painting.

The strange imagination displayed in the pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of preservation make The Book of Kells an object of endless fascination.

This edition reproduces the most important of the fully decorated pages plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail; spiral and interlaced patterns, human and animal ornament - a combination of high seriousness and humour.

The text is by Bernard Meehan, the Keeper of Manuscripts at Trinity College, Dublin.


The Secret of Kells animated movie (2010) has fictional characters, fantasy elements, and plot specifics, but some design concepts are based on the original 'Book of Kells'. See the Internet Movie Database


Also of interest
The Book of Kells Painting Book