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Book of Kells. This is the page marking the beginning of the Gospel of St. Matthew. the design is Chi Rho (XP) the Greek letters for Christ :)

The Secret of Kells

Book of Kells. This is the page marking the beginning of the Gospel of St. Matthew. the design is Chi Rho (XP) the Greek letters for Christ :)

Recently I had a chance to see one of the most beautiful manuscripts of medieval art with my own eyes. It is housed in The Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. I am talking about The Book of Kells.

Recently I had a chance to see one of the most beautiful manuscripts of medieval art with my own eyes. It is housed in The Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. I am talking about The Book of Kells.

Book of Kells p. 258 (full page), Trinity College Dublin. http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Book of Kells p. 258 (full page), Trinity College Dublin. http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Book of Kells and the Art of Illumination,  housed at Trinity College, Dublin. Ancient Celtic illuminated book of the 4 gospels, written in Latin

Book of Kells and the Art of Illumination, housed at Trinity College, Dublin. Ancient Celtic illuminated book of the 4 gospels, written in Latin

Border - lions? - p. 116 - Book of Kells online from Trinity College Dublin http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Border - lions? - p. 116 - Book of Kells online from Trinity College Dublin http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Here’s another example of a Chi-Rho page, to the right. This one is from the Book of Lindisfarne, produced in England sometime between 680 and 720. The Book of Lindisfarne is in the British library now. It’s the beginning of the same verse in Matthew as the Kells Chi-Rho page. You can still see the Chi and the Rho, very clearly.

Here’s another example of a Chi-Rho page, to the right. This one is from the Book of Lindisfarne, produced in England sometime between 680 and 720. The Book of Lindisfarne is in the British library now. It’s the beginning of the same verse in Matthew as the Kells Chi-Rho page. You can still see the Chi and the Rho, very clearly.

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