‘The work of angels’: Illustrated talk on The Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is regarded as one Ireland’s most important treasures and perhaps Europe’s most important illuminated manuscripts in the insular style. Gerald of Wales, travelling in Ireland in the 12th. Century, described it as ”not the work of man, but of angels”.  This illustrated talk will look at the history of the Book of Kells, how it was made and the technique and possible meanings of the decoration.



Kate Walsh studied History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, Dublin. She subsequently obtained an M. Phil in Irish Art History, while attached to TRIARC (Trinity Art Research Centre), where she carried out research on images of St. Brigit in Medieval Irish Art for her dissertation. She has a broad range of research interests and aside from the medieval period has engaged with research on visual material related to the Battle of the Boyne and on Irish carved stone as well as medieval metalwork.  She has taught Irish Art and Archaeology at TCD, as part of the Introduction to Irish Culture programme, teaching students who attend to study at Trinity from abroad.  She has also taught History of European Painting and Irish Art History at Rathmines College of Further Education (DIT) as well as giving occasional lectures in Modern and Contemporary Irish Painting.

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