The Book of Kells is the most spectacular of a group of manuscripts created in Ireland and northern Britain between the seventh and tenth centuries, a period when Irish monasticism was in the vanguard of Christian culture. It is a masterpiece of medieval art--a brilliantly illuminated copy of the four Gospels with full-page illustrations of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists and a wealth of smaller decorative painting. The strange, half-surrealist imagination displayed in its pages, the impeccable technique and the very fine state of preservation make it an object of endless fascination. The editor has chosen the most important of the large illustrations plus a series of enlargements showing the almost unbelievable minuteness of the detail--arabesques, interlaced patterns, weird and witty monsters and grotesqueries. He has also provided a scholarly analysis of these exuberant inventions, the artists, the text and the writing, and a full account of its historical background.--From publisher description
Includes bibliographical references (page 96)
Introduction to the Book of Kells -- Eight colour plates selected from the preliminaries -- The continental background of Latin and learning -- The island traditions -- Forty colour plates, including enlargements of details, selected from the Gospels -- The scribes and their texts -- The illumination and the artists -- The history of the manuscript
I was looking for a book about the Book of Kells and instead, I got a poetry book with a completely different title. Mostly I'm just confused because the description and title match but the content does not.