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  1. The Painted Labyrinth
    The Painted Labyrinth
    The Painted Labyrinth
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  2. The Painted Labyrinth

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    Price R373.00

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Published to coincide with a British Library exhibition of the same name, Painted Labyrinth: The World of the Lindisfarne Gospels looks at the background and history of this breathtaking artwork and symbol of Christian faith. Both illustrated and readable, the book is divided into short sections, each examining an aspect of the Anglo-Saxon world, the heritage of the people who lived and ruled at this time, and how and why this great book was created. There is a list of suggested further reading, and a complete list of artifacts and manuscripts in the accompanying exhibition.

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Michelle Brown
Brand: British Library
Used Book in Good Condition
British Library Publishing
British Library Publishing
British Library Publishing
British Library Publishing
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

In a mere 48 pages, author Michelle Brown, currator of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library, has put together a wonderful expose of the Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the beautiful illuminated productions to come out of the Irish monastic/scholarly traditions of the so-called Dark Ages. One can wonder how an age that could produce such exquisite books as the Lindisfarne Gospel could ever be called 'dark'.

The Lindisfarne Gospel is a piece of art, and a piece of history. It is a significant milestone in the history of Celtic and Anglo-Saxon development. Brown's book has illuminations of a more modern sort on every page, pictures and graphics, illustrating the beauty, grandeur, and history of this great work. The Lindisfarne Gospels helped to define Christianity for the local culture, connecting it with the larger world of Christendom.

The Lindisfarne Gospels' artistry lies not only in the beautiful pages, but in great attention to detail throughout... Read more
I had bought this book to use as an art reference--the Lindsfarne gospels are absolutely stunning, and I wanted good, high quality images of the main pages.

But I was a little disappointed in that regard. The description calls this book "highly illustrated," but most of the illustrations are rather small and hard to make out. There are one or two full-page photographs, but they weren't any of the more beautiful pages... those highly desirable pages were shrunk to about a quarter of a page and crammed together. I know the book is very thin (only 40-ish pages), but I would have gladly traded the first 15 pages for a few more full color photographs!

That being said, the book was worth the price. It still had "enough" illustrations and pages to satisfy me, even if I was disappointed that it wasn't as good as I had hoped it would be. So that's why it gets three stars from me. It's an okay book, but a bit of a downer considering that the most famous pages are teeny... Read more
An interesting history of the art of hand printing books. Fantastic pictures.
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