Book of Kells - Trinity College

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Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the oldest in Europe. It is also a unique institution as apart from its role as a leading teaching and research establishment, it is home to the world renowned Book of Kells and Old Library building.

The Book of Kells dates from c.800 A.D. and what makes it unique are the lavish illustrations intertwined with the text with the intention of glorifying God's creations. Their are many full pages containing decorations and symbols such as for the Cannon Tables.

The book was illustrated by what appears to have been four artists whose work has been likened to that of goldsmiths. A number of pigments were used including arsenic sulphate for yellow, red lead or an unidentified organic matter for red and blue was created from indigo or woad.