31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts · Art History · Celtic and Irish Art · Medieval Art and Architecture

The Book of Kells – Day One of Medieval Manuscripts

It only seems appropriate to start off 31 Days of Medieval Manuscripts with the Book of Kells, as it is arguably the world's most iconic illuminated manuscript. The Book of Kells is a gospel book written and decorated by British or Irish monks in the first century AD (most likely c. 800 AD). It is named… Continue reading The Book of Kells – Day One of Medieval Manuscripts

Celtic and Irish Art · Writing Prompt Responses

WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #6: “Meeting” Grace O’Malley, badass Irish pirate lady

Today’s prompt is to write about an interesting person that I have met. I have decided to expand my definition of the word “met” to include not just people I have literally met, but also anyone living or dead whose story I have become aware of and learned about. So, I have chosen someone who… Continue reading WordPress Writing 101 Prompt #6: “Meeting” Grace O’Malley, badass Irish pirate lady

Art History · Celtic and Irish Art · Gargoyles

An Unusual Take on Gargoyles

I recently finished reading Thomas Cahill's How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe. My prior training in medieval art history had addressed the importance of the medieval Irish and Scottish monastic establishment on Western European cultural history, so the… Continue reading An Unusual Take on Gargoyles

Art History · Celtic and Irish Art · Spotlight on Artists

Art O’Murnaghan and the Book of Resurrection

As I'm pretty sure I've mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of medieval illuminated manuscripts. I've always found it a bit sad that the tradition has very little place in the modern world, which is why I was quite intrigued to read about this manuscript in a book about Celtic art. I've… Continue reading Art O’Murnaghan and the Book of Resurrection