Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Illuminated Illustration from The Gospels of Mac Durnan, 9th Century

       "The Book of the Gospels of MacDurnam, who was Archbishop of Armagh from 885 to 925, is a good example of the later school of Irish art, in which the figures of the Evangelists are no less grotesque than those in the earlier manuscripts, while the interlaced and diapered patterns of the borders and initials are inferior in minute delicacy of execution to such masterpieces as the Book of Kells." text by Middleton
       The Mac Durnan Gospels or Book of Mac Durnan (London, Lambeth Palace MS 1370) is an early medieval Irish illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), now in the collection of the Lambeth Palace Library in London.

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