Book of Kells

The Book of Kells (Irish Leabhar Cheanannais ) is regarded as the outstanding example of the insular manuscript illumination and was declared in 2011 for the World Soundtrack Awards.

The Book of Kells contains the four Gospels with full-page images of Christ, Mary with Child and the evangelists. The typeface is intricately designed and decorated. In particular, the initials were partially executed with very fine patterns in bright colors. Instead of gold was orpiment, an arsenic -sulfur mineral used. To produce the blue color of the gemstone lapis lazuli was used, which was found at this time only in Afghanistan. Typical decorations are spiral and Flechtwerkmuster and ornamental human and animal motifs.

These patterns are traditional Celtic pattern.

1990 published the Book of Kells each a facsimile and the commentary volume in facsimile publishing in Lucerne with a circulation of 1480 copies worldwide (ISBN 3-85672-031-6 ).

See also: Book of Lindisfarne, Book of Durrow


  • Brendan and the Secret of Kells - Director: Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey (France, Ireland, Belgium, 2009)