The Book of kells

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  • The origins of the Book of Kells are uncertain; it was written and illustrated around the year 800, but the monastery where it originated has not been identified. It contains the Latin text of the four Gospels, with some pages in elaborate color; almost every page has brightly-colored birds and animals, and there are portraits of the four evangelists. This program not only shows but identifies the faces and figures and explains the flamboyant decoration and often witty symbolism.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Oct. 25, 2006.
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  • Ireland's Monastic Period (3:41) -- Art and Workmanship (3:26) -- Replication of Old Text (6:26) -- Art of the Book of Kells (4:51) -- Book of Kells on Display (1:33) -- Making the Book of Kells (5:16)
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