Hello, and welcome to the-history-of-art: Art throughout the Ages! This is a fledgling blog operated solely by myself, a junior art history major. It is my project to not only bring information, culture, and history to others through art, but to also learn about it myself in this process. I am by no means an expert, but I do have some knowledge! I am always willing to research art,etc. if asked, provided I have the time. Not only will I post about architecture, paintings, and sculptures that I have learned about over the years, but I will also be posting about new finds as I continue in my studies. Furthermore, I have been gifted enough to visit some places of great art, and therefore have some photos. I will try to do weekly post over one of the photos I have (with accompanying professional shot, if the artwork is identifiable) until i run out of places I've been and artwork I've seen. Feel free to submit art or ask me any questions.

June 24, 2012 2:27 pm
"Chi Rho Iota" from the Book of Kells. UK. Hiberno-Saxon. 
This page, the “Chi Rho Iota”, is a very famous page from the Book of Kells. It is the first time that the word “Christos” appears, and is fully of absolutely gorgeous details, pictures, and designs. It is highly complex, with many “celtic” style decorations. Furthermore, there are many animals and insects hidden within the artwork, including, apparently, a cat chasing a mouse (though good luck finding it!) 
Where the Book of Kells itself was produced it generally debated, hence the catch-all location of “UK”. It is known that it was probably produced between the 6th and 9th centuries by Columban monks in association with the community of Iona. It is possible that Viking attacks dispersed the book to either  Scotland or Ireland ( like the rest of the relics would have had to have been moved). The book may have been made in Iona, then illuminated at Kells. Or, it could have been entirely made at Iona, or it could have been made entirely at Kells. Alternatively, it may have been produced at Lindisfarne, then brought to Iona, then to Kells. There are many different theories. The theory that It was started at Iona and finished at Kells, however, is the most accepted one.

"Chi Rho Iota" from the Book of Kells. UK. Hiberno-Saxon.

This page, the “Chi Rho Iota”, is a very famous page from the Book of Kells. It is the first time that the word “Christos” appears, and is fully of absolutely gorgeous details, pictures, and designs. It is highly complex, with many “celtic” style decorations. Furthermore, there are many animals and insects hidden within the artwork, including, apparently, a cat chasing a mouse (though good luck finding it!)

Where the Book of Kells itself was produced it generally debated, hence the catch-all location of “UK”. It is known that it was probably produced between the 6th and 9th centuries by Columban monks in association with the community of Iona. It is possible that Viking attacks dispersed the book to either  Scotland or Ireland ( like the rest of the relics would have had to have been moved). The book may have been made in Iona, then illuminated at Kells. Or, it could have been entirely made at Iona, or it could have been made entirely at Kells. Alternatively, it may have been produced at Lindisfarne, then brought to Iona, then to Kells. There are many different theories. The theory that It was started at Iona and finished at Kells, however, is the most accepted one.

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    Ditto.
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    Medieval Irish manuscripts make me feel happy.
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