The Book of Kells is the lavishly decorated and exquisitely detailed illustrated manuscript produced by Celtic monks around AD 800. With its technical brilliance and beauty it is considered one of the masterpieces of Western Art and a symbol of Irish Nationalism. This must be the book which the Walshman, Geraldus Cambrensis, saw at Kildare in the last quarter of the twelfth century and which he described as the work of an angel. Although interlacing design is featured in the art of many cultures around the world, some of the finest knot-work interlacing was develped by the Celts. In common with other ancient peoples, imitation of the works of the creator were forbidden, hence the strange yet graceful abtractions of plants and animals created by the Cletic and Pictish artist. These birds are inspired by the stylictic figures and bright colors of the Book of Kells.
Designed by Welsh Artist Jen Delyth, inspired by the Spirit in Nature, Celtic mythology and symbolism. Jen's original Celtic Art work appeals to those who seek meaningful, profound images expressing deep and essential aspects of the Celtic tradition. Jen Delyth’s original Celtic artwork has been widely published and exhibited in North America, back in her native Wales and Internationally. She illustrates the best-selling “Celtic Mandala” calendar, journals and greeting cards, and has created a successful textile and gift line - Keltic Designs by Jen Delyth, that showcases her designs, fine art prints and paintings which have been exhibited with solo and group shows internationally. Also a writer on Celtic Mythology and Symbolism, her book Celtic Folk Soul - Art, Myth & Symbol is compilation of her artwork and writing from over 20 years.
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