The Lindisfarne Gospels is an eighth-century masterpiece of Celtic illumination. After careful study, Aidan Meehan has beautifully redrawn more than fifty designs that appear on its pages. Each one has been taken from its amazingly intricate background, often extricated from other entangled ornaments, and enlarged, making it easy for you to paint.
The original manuscript page from which each design is derived is given so you can refer to reproductions of the gospel book and see the decorative style and colours used by the scribes in the eighth century. Based on the four types of pattern in the Lindisfarne Gospels - knotwork, spirals, mazes and animal patterns, with special emphasis on the jewel-like birds and dogs - the drawings range from simple to complex. They will inspire you to try out your own painting techniques and colour schemes, making frameable art works of your own.
Artists of all ages, designers, craftspeople and anyone fascinated by the Celtic legacy will find this an invaluable work of reference and pleasure.
1st edition 2000, Pb, 64pp. with 57 illustrations, 21.7 x 28 cm