凱爾經 Book of Kells
Book of Kells are in Dublin, Trinity College Library. It is a manuscript version of the four Gospels in the Celto Saxon style written in Latin. There are many illustrations and decorative fonts in the book. It bears a high value in art, religious and history value. It is an absolute luck that it is able to keep over 90% (around 300 pages) original content through many hands in thousand years.
Book of Kells is placed in an exhibition box. Views can not touch it. A page would be turned everyday by a librarian. Panpan who lives in Dublin said, ‘The student of Dublin University can enter the museum for free. They can finish the whole book if they come everyday,’ And she gave me a meaningful smile. What a crafty Panpan.
Book of Kells is really a beautiful art piece. The animal illustrations are lively, the human illustrations are elegant and the decorate fonts are gorgeous. There was no PC a thousand years ago and no ‘Re-do’ button. The entire book was drawn by hands. No words could be written wrong. No color could be drawn out of line. The structure of the book is clear with tidy straight lines and lively curve lines. I can see there were lots of working hours on this beautiful book.
The show room on Book of Kells is small. Audiences can see lots of projections, videos and story boards about the book’s history, writing method, writing tools and artistic characters when they enter the museum. Audience can walk down a stair after a brief introduction on Book of Kells. They would walk to a black room with only one light on the Book of Kells which lie in a glass exhibition box.
The museum is well designed. Book of Keels is not a world-famous art piece even it has a high value on art/religious/history. That’s why the museum begin with an introduction on Book of Kells (history, writing method, writing tools and artistic characters).
Audience would have a physically preparation by walking down the stair to meet the Book of Kells.
The book appear in grand with an all black background while the only light is on the Book.
It would be 100% perfect if there would be a small education corner for audience try to draw/coloring/scripting the Book of Kells
Then the audiences would walk down another stair after finishing the Book of Kells. They will then enter the college library. The bookshelves are closed but there is an exhibition cabinet in the middle corridor. There are newspaper clip of Irish Republic to the People of Ireland, Copy of Shakespeare, Harry Potter (of course) and even comic books. Very beautiful and precious.
There is the souvenir shop in the end of the library. Irish (like British) respects history and creative. There are just too many pretty things in the souvenir shop. I nearly bankrupt.
The illustrations on Book of Keels are detail and beautiful. The museum enlarged the selected illustrations and made them into a dozen different types of postcards. The beautiful details only can be seen clearly on an enlarged postcard (the original illustrations are very small). Every illustrations are in many colors, complex structure and beautiful decorate. They are truly masterpiece. They are so beautiful that I really want to collect them all.
The decorate fonts are very beautiful too. The museum enlarged and printed the letters in a postcards in a one-letter-one-postcard fashion. The audiences just have to pray a name won’t be too long if they want to puzzle a name for souvenir…
There are also calendar, note book, writings on Book of Keels on different price…The conclusion is, it would be hard not to buy at least one piece of souvenir if someone has visited the Book of Kells museum.
In a nutshell, Book of Kells is really beautiful. It is certainly a must-see in Dublin!