The Book of Kells

by Andrea Elizabeth

Speaking of illumination, The Secret of Kells shines with it.

The animation is laced with Celtic symbols inspired by the famous illuminated Gospel book. One review of The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College, Dublin states that the original book’s symbols came from the Eastern Church. Amazon offers this book and a DVD, The Book of Kells, The Work of Angels, along with the animated movie for a pretty reasonable price.

While watching The Secret of Kells I recognized many of the designs from Ukrainian Pysanky. There’s probably a connection. After being immersed in the colors and designs, I am inspired to begin earlier in the season than usual to start making Pysanky for our Church’s spring sale.

This egg has its first layer of wax to block out what will remain white.

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