Christ Enthroned, c. AD 800, iron-gall ink and pigments on vellum 33 x 24 cm, Trinity College, Dublin
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“Look more keenly at it and you will… make out intricacies, so delicate and subtle, so exact and compact, so full of knots and links with colours so fresh and vivid that you might say that all this was the work of an angel and not of a man.”
The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels in Latin, as well as some prefaces and tables. It was written and decorated around AD 800 and takes its name from the Abbey of Kells, in Ireland. Written on vellum, the book is famous for the intricate, complex, swirling patterns of its Celtic decoration