Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Art of Irish Gospels

When the Irish converted to Christianity, they brought their fabulous artistic sensibility with them. The result was astonishing works of religious art, like the famous Book of Kells, which dates to around 800 AD. These gospel books are just one sign of a vibrant intellectual culture that also included the writing of histories, saints lives, theology, devotional works, and mystical visions, as well as recording the masterpieces of pagan Irish culture.

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