Author Archives: Elaine Harrington

Curating ‘Journeys of Belief and Belonging: Modern Irish Pilgrimage’

The River-side welcomes this guest post from Dr Richard Scriven, Dept. of Geography on his experience curating the exhibition ‘Journeys of Belief and Belonging: Modern Irish Pilgrimage’  as part of his Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship.  To listen to … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Carpet Page

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Carpet Page In the Book of Kells, the carpet page on folio 33r is positioned opposite the miniature of Christ enthroned, folio 32v and followed by a blank folio 33v that in turn … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Temptation of Christ

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Temptation of Christ The temptations of Christ are described in the Gospels of Mathew (4:1-11), Mark (1:12-13) and Luke (4:1-13). Following forty days of fasting in the desert, Christ is tempted by the … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Chi Rho Page

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Chi Rho Page   The Chi Rho page in the Book of Kells is perhaps the most elaborate and enigmatic illumination in the manuscript. The page is rich in multi-layered symbolism intended to … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Virgin Mary

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Virgin Mary The miniature on folio 7v of the Book of Kells is the earliest surviving representation of the Virgin in a western manuscript, as noted by Martin Werner. Devotion to the Virgin … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The In principio Initial

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The In Principio Initial This post focuses on the text and imagery of folio 292r, which reads In principio erat verbum (‘In the beginning was the word’, John 1:1).  The first three letters of the … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Canon Tables

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Canon Tables In the fourth century, Eusebius of Caesarea (263-339) created a series of ten canon tables to demonstrate the harmony of the Gospel accounts by cross-referencing corresponding sections within the Gospels. Eusebius … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / The Four Evangelists

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History The Four Evangelists The most frequently found images in Insular Gospel manuscripts are those associated with the four Evangelists, depicted in portrait or symbol. In Gospel books, Evangelist portraits marked the beginning of each … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / Opening Initials

Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History Opening Initials The initial pages of each of the four Gospels in the Book of Kells are not at first glance easy to read. The alphabet used is the same one used by the … Continue reading

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The Book of Kells: Image and Text / Introduction to the Book of Kells

 Student Exhibition, MA in Medieval History Introduction to the Book of Kells The Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin, MS 58, widely recognised as one of Ireland’s most significant medieval treasures, is a wonderful example of an Insular Gospel book. … Continue reading

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