Books of Kells Analysis

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Book of Kells. Late 8th century

On the outside of the picture, the lines and shapes are very rigid and straight giving a sense of stability to the piece. However within, the lines are woven into many pattens creating a more sporadic presence. The artwork does this while, at the same time, keeps everything together and flowing with the circular shapes in the middle and roundness of some of the other designs within it. All in all the piece has a very active feeling to it while still giving the impression that everything is contained and under control.

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