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Book of Kells

One of the earliest and simultaneously most-splendid manuscripts in the history of book art originated in 8th century Scotland. It is the so-called Book of Kells, which is named after its centuries-long abode in the Abbey of Kells in Ireland. The book is furnished with fascinating, almost magical miniature scenes, which account for a breathtaking attestation of the origins of illumination in Europe. Precious colors and rare decorative elements adorn nearly every page of the masterly manuscript.

The miniatures are true masterpieces of composition, assembled from ornamentation, figures, and other forms.

The initial pages are presented as unique, extremely artful entanglements.

The pages of text also deserve a closer look: gorgeous initials and colorful details are hidden here.