The designs in Celtic illuminated manuscripts represent a distinctive fusion of native Irish, Germanic and Near Eastern motifs. Graphic artist Ed Sibbett has brilliantly captured the intricacy and beauty of this original art tradition in 37 drawings based on illustrations in the Book of Durrow, the Gospels of St. Willibrord and the illustrious Book of Kells.
Among the motifs are the characteristic Celtic interlacings, geometric animal combinations and decorative initials, plus powerful ornaments and symbolic abstractions of animals and people. A portrait of St. Matthew appears as a center spread, not backed up, that may be taken out and framed. Captions identify the source of each picture and explain the iconography.
The publisher's note at the beginning of the book allows the student of Celtic art a great explanation of origins and meanings.
This Paperbound coloring book measures 8-1/4 by 11 inches and arrives with a free mini box of crayons.