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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 3 
ZOOMORPHIC ART: The Development of Intertwining Zoomorphic Art from Mesopotamia to the Golden Age of Irish Art - Gabriole Sinclair (continued)

In such an atmosphere, the specialist, caught between public opinion and self-esteem, had no choice but to specialize further. The assurance of the master is all pervasive, and traces of the apprentice hand are very rare.

It was in the mid-seventh century that the sequence of masterpieces flowers, prototypes in bronze, enamel, and stone having been produced through the preceding two centuries, paving the way for the last explosion of talent. In the seventh century, technical perfection and stylistic independence had brought about a new synthesis of  Celtic art forms, and the masterpieces began to appear in all fields.

The Book of Durrow, produced at Durrow monastery in Offaly, is dated to the second half of the 7th century. Most of the design in the book is abstract, only rarely do the interlacings turn into interlocking beasts, as, for instance in the fifth carpet page. Here the animals are deprived of zoological identity, their bodies replaced by ribbons, the limbs and jaws drawn out like string, reflecting the very strong influence by Germano-Saxon style of animal ornament.

This Hiberno-Saxon fusion rapidly gives way to the style of the Books of Kells and Lindisfarne in which a stronger element of realism is imparted to the labyrinthine creatures... the quadrupeds become recognizable as dogs and felines, and a new species is added, a bird with long bill and toes. 


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copyright Gabriole Sinclair 1983 
 

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
All Rights Reserved
10.02.01edition
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