凱爾經 Book of Kells

 

凱爾經現藏於都柏林大學圖書館,它是以拉丁文書寫的聖經新約四福音書,全書有多幅插圖、裝飾字體,是藝術、宗教、歷史價值極高的經典,此書千年來歷經多次轉手,至今仍能保留約九成內容(約300頁),實屬難得。

 

現時凱爾經被放置在一個玻璃櫃中,觀眾不能碰,職員每天揭一頁,住在都柏林的朋友盼盼說:「都柏林大學的學生可以免費入館,如果日日來,一年就看畢整本凱爾經啦!」說完嫣然一笑,一付鬼靈精模樣。

 

凱爾經實在很漂亮,動物插圖生動粗獷、人物插圖細緻優雅、字體整齊華麗,千年前無電腦,無「Re-do」鍵,全書人手描繪,書寫不能錯一字,上色不能塗出界,全書佈局分明,直線嚴謹、弧線活潑,背後所花的時間心血非常龐大。

 

凱爾經的展廳很小,一步入展廳,觀眾先看到各式投影、錄像、展板,介紹凱爾經的歷史、書寫方法、書寫工具、藝術特色等,等觀眾對凱爾經有初步了解,再讓觀眾走下一條樓梯,行至一間以黑色為主的房間,才見凱爾經躺在玻璃櫃內,全房只有一束亮光射在凱爾經,突出凱爾經的主角風範。

 

整個展廳的佈置經過經精心考慮,雖然凱爾經藝術/宗教/歷史價值極高,但卻不是舉世知名的藝術品,所以展廳開首就是凱爾經的簡介(凱爾經的歷史、書寫方法、書寫工具、藝術特色等),然後讓觀眾有心理準備(行落樓梯),凱爾經才以千呼萬喚始出來的主角氣勢出場(全黑房,唯一光源照着凱爾經)。

如果最後有個小小教育角,讓觀眾試畫/拓印/填色凱爾經,就100%完美啦!

 

看完凱爾經正本,再走下一條樓梯,就是都柏林大學圖書館,書架封閉,但中間通道有展櫃,展示愛爾蘭獨立的剪報、莎士比亞的插圖本、(當然有)哈利波特,甚至漫畫等,樣樣精品,件件珍貴。

 

再往前走就是紀念品店,愛爾蘭人(果然有英國佬遺風)尊重歷史又創新,禮品店漂亮東西太多,我差點破產。

凱爾經的插圖細膩又漂亮,館方將精選插圖放大,再製成十幾款明信片,放大至明信片呎寸的插圖,才能清清楚楚地看到所有細緻位(凱爾經正本的插圖很小),顔色豐富、結構復雜、花紋細膩,真的是鬼斧神工,每款動物/人物明信片都漂亮到令人噴血,真令我有收齊全套的衝動。

而文字明信片更絕,凱爾經除了插圖漂亮,裝飾文字也非常華麗,館方就將全部英文字母一個一張地印製成明信片,若要砌出朋友的名字做手信,就得祈求朋友的名字不要太長啦……

除此還有年曆、筆記本、高中低價的凱爾經專著,結論是每位看過凱爾經的觀眾,很難不買(至少一樣)紀念品。

 

 

總之,凱爾經真的非常漂亮,來到都柏林,一定要看!

 

 

 

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!

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魔法陣!Magic circles!
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畫得好靚beautiful
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從衣著,姿勢可知人物背景The figure can be known by their clothing&gesture
從衣著,姿勢可知人物背景The figure can be known by their clothing&gesture
經書的字體都有研究study on calligraphy
經書的字體都有研究study on calligraphy
人物多數無表情No expressions on faces
人物多數無表情No expressions on faces
仲有解釋and explain
仲有解釋and explain
經書的字體都有研究study on calligraphy.
經書的字體都有研究study on calligraphy.
然後做成明信片and made into postcard
然後做成明信片and made into postcard
將經書局部放大Enlarge the Book
將經書局部放大Enlarge the Book
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就是要放到咁大先清楚Details only can be shown in enlarge
就是要放到咁大先清楚Details only can be shown in enlarge
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設計得好靚Beautifully design
好難不買Seduction to buy...
好難不買Seduction to buy...
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圖書館library~
圖書館library~
圖書館library
圖書館library
最強紀念品店amazing store
最強紀念品店amazing store
當然有哈利波特Of course Harry Potter
當然有哈利波特Of course Harry Potter
愛爾蘭獨立!Indepedent Ireland!
愛爾蘭獨立!Indepedent Ireland!
圖書館藏書Rare Books in library~
圖書館藏書Rare Books in library~
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圖書館藏書Rare Books in library.
圖書館藏書Rare Books in library
圖書館藏書Rare Books in library
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圖書館藏書Rare Books in library..
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圖書館藏書~Rare Books in library
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圖書館藏書.Rare Books in library
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圖書館藏書!Rare Books in library
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好靚的月曆!beautiful calendar
.圖書館藏書Rare Books in library
.圖書館藏書Rare Books in library
仲有漫畫and comic...
仲有漫畫and comic...
好靚的月曆...beautiful calendar
好靚的月曆...beautiful calendar
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好靚的月曆beautiful calendar!
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好靚的月曆.beautiful calendar
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好靚的月曆beautiful calendar.
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好靚的月曆beautiful calendar
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好靚的月曆beautiful calendar~
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好靚的咭pretty cards..
好靚的咭pretty cards
好靚的咭pretty cards
好靚的咭pretty cards...
好靚的咭pretty cards...
門!doors!
門!doors!
匙!silver spoon!
匙!silver spoon!