The Celtic Art Coracle
Volume 1 Issue 2 p 32
THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
Janet Backhouse, Review by Patrick Lohan
Cornell University Press
30 in colour.
The above book is a wonderful introduction to
the 1,300- year-old Lindisfarne Gospels, a key Celtic illuminated manuscript and a
treasure not only of the British Museum Library but of the art of the book.
Ms. Backhouse does an excellent job to orientate the reader to the times, crafts, and
religious life of the Lindisfarne community before and after the creation of the
For the aspiring Celtic artist there are 17 gorgeous coloured plates of the great
illuminated pages and four coloured plates of illuminated initials show the essence of
Celtic art at a level comprehensible to beginners.
As a bonus, there are six coloured plates of enlarged details...very helpful if you are
taking a course in Celtic art.
Buy and enjoy.
next: issue 3
|Review © Patrick Lohan 1983