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George Bain

Celtic Art

George Bain Celtic Art The Methods Of Construction
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This unique volume clearly demonstrates simple geometric techniques for making intricate knots, interlacements, spirals, Kellstype initials, human and animal figures in distinctive Celtic style. Features over 500 illustrations.

Table of contents:

Frontispieces
THE TARA BROOCH
THE CRUCIFORM PAGE FROM THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS
Preface
Introduction
Knotwork Borders
  Introduction
A. Precursors of Celtic Interlacings
B. The methods of construction
  1. General principles for designing Celtic Knotwork
  2. General principles of methods of construction
  3. Simple Celtic interlacing borders
  4. Celtic Knotwork borders
  5. Applications to craftwork for simple interlacings
  6. Border designs and their application to circles
  7. Knotwork borders
  8. Interlacing borders
  9. Interlacing borders
  10. Interlacing borders
  11. Further border designs
  12. Method of doubling interlacings
  13. Method of mitring
  14. Method of mitring
C. Construction of ornaments, Monymusk Reliquary
D. Construction of Viking ornament, Lewis
Knowwork Panels
E. Examples from Gospels of Lindisfarne and Book of Kells
F. Comparison of similar designs at Salisbury and in Perthshire, Angus and Caithness
G. Design on cross-slab at Ulbster, Caithness
H. Panel from Book of Kells
  1. Simple Knotwork Panels
  2. Knotwork Panel in Pictish proportions
  3. Variations from Plates 1 and 2 from Book of Kells
  4. Example of continuity -- St. Madoes Stone
  5. Further methods of constructing Knotwork Panels
  6. Examples from Ulbster and Strathmartin Stones
  7. Reptile Knotwork Panels, Shandwick Stone also panel from Lindisfarne, St. Vigeans, Dunfallandy, Eassie and McDurnan
  8. Panels common to Lindisfarne, Ulbster, Collieburn and Glammis
  9. Construction of Nigg Stone Panel
  10. Example from a Book of Durrow border
  11. Irish and Pictish Knotwork -- Durrow
  12. Unit from Book of Durrow
  13. Knotwork in circular panels. Shandwick Stone and Book of Kells
  14. Circular panels -- Boko of Kells and Hilton of Cadbol Stone
I. Construction orders -- Plate II, Book of Durrow
J. Completed design -- Plate II, Book of Durrow
K. Design from Page of Eight Circled Cross, Kells
L. Interlacing in Rossie Priory Stone
Spirals
  Introduction
M. Aberlemno Stone -- use of Triskele in all-over repeats. Examples of travesties of this design made in the past
  1. Methods of constructing spirals
  2. Construction of spiral centres
  3. Spirals and breaking into trumpets
  4. Joining spirals -- Kells and Aberlemno examples
  5. Spiral centers from ancient British and Pictish enamel work
6. Examples of spiral centres from M.S.S. and enamel work
  7. Spiral groups -- Book of Durrow
  8. Spirals -- Kells and Lindisfarne
  9. Spiral Borders
  10. Borders and Terminals from M.S.S. and Ornamented Stones
  11. Spiral panel and Hilton of Cadboll Stone
  12. Panel on Shandwick Stone
  13. All-over spiral patterns -- M.S.S. and stones
  14. Examples from Kells and Lindisfarne
Key Patterns
  Introduction
N. Key pattern on arm of Aberlemno Cross showing earlier travesties
  1. The construction of Key patterns
  2. Key pattern borders and mitring
  3. Patterns from Rosemarkie Stone and Lindisfarne
  4. Key pattern borders and panels
  5. Treatment of Nigg Stone and comparison with Maya Keys
  6. Nigg Stone Key panel and variations
  7. Key patterns -- Nigg, Kells and Lindisfarne
  8. Comparison of methods by Welsh and Pictish designers in Pembrokeshire and Ross-shire
  9. Reconstruction of panel -- Collieburn Stone Kells border and terminal
  10. Comparison of Aberlemno, Aberlady and Lindisfarne keys
  11. Examples of the minute accuracy of Kells scribes. Comparison of Kells and Farr Stone Keys
  12. Further work of Kells scribes. Comparison of Rosemarkie, St. Chads and Kells keys
  13. Application of key patterns to panels
  14. Comparison of designs from Mezin, Russia (b.c. 20,000--b.c. 15,000), Kells Lindisfarne and Farr
Lettering
  Introduction
  1. Kells script, quill formation
  2. Celtic small and capital "A" from Books of Durrow, Kells and Lindisfarne
  3. Letters B, C, and D
  4. Letters E, F, G
  5. Letters H, I, J, L
  6. Letters M, N, O
  7. Letters P, Q, R, 4th-6th century
  8. Letters S, T
  9. Letters U, V, W, X, Y, Z
  10. Celtic alphabets of late 7th century and 4th-6th century
  11. Ornamented Celtic capital letters
  12. Ornamented capitals from Kells and Durrow
  13. Ornamented capitals from Book of Kells
  14. Symbols and contractions from Celtic M.S.S. and language problems from inscribed stones
  15. Celtic type from an Irish book of 1711
Zoomorphics
  Introduction
O. Detail from Plate XIX -- Kells Studio edition
P. Designs with human figures
Q. All-over drop repeat from Lindisfarne Gospels
R. Construction of design on "Initium Evangeli" page of Kells
S. Panel from Kells page of Eight circled Cross
  1. Bird Motifs in Lindisfarne Interlacing Ornaments
  2. Treatments of Birds, heads, top-knots, necks, bodies, wings, tails, legs and toes in Book of Kells.
  3. Birds as ornament motifs. Kells
  4. Bird ornaments, Kells and Tara Brooch
  5. Birds as interlacing ornaments -- Kells, MacRegol and Meigle Stone
  6. Reptiles as Interlacing ornaments -- Kells
  7. Reptiles as Interlacing ornaments -- Kells
  8. Dog-like Animals -- Kells
  9. Animals as Interlacing Ornaments -- Kells
  10. Semi-realistical and mythical Animals -- Scottish Stones and Kells
  11. "Living Things of the Earth" -- Kells Christ Monogram Page
  12. Interlacing Human Figures -- Clonmacnoise and Meigle Stones and Kells XPI Monogram Page
  13. Figures in Ornament -- Clonmacnoise and Kells
  14. Interlaced Human male figures -- Kells
T. Knotwork adapted to irregular shapes -- Plate XI Letter T -- Kells
U. Kells designs -- Plates I, III, XII, and XIV
Plant Forms
  Introduction -- The Celtic Tree of Life
V. Designs from Kells Plates II, IV, XIV, and XVII also Meigle and Monifieth Stones
  A1. "Tree of Life" designs -- Kells
  A2. "Tree of Life" symbol -- Kells, Cadboll, Nigg, Tarbet -- Compared with Buddhist, Byzantine and Greek sources
  A3. Comparison of "Potted Tree of Life" examples -- Kells, Cottonian M.S., Eassie and Farnell Stones and Maya Art
  A4. "Tree of Life" -- Kells and North of England
  A5. Examples from Book of Kells and South Scotland
W. Plant Forms -- Kells Plates III, XIV and XIX
Human Figures
  Introduction -- Semi-realistic Human Figures and probable Portraits from Books of Kells and Lindisfarne
  B1. Kells Portraits -- Infant Christ, The Virgin, St. Matthew, St. Luke, Angels
  B2. Types of Celtic Peoples of Britain and Ireland -- Kells, Lindisfarne and MacDurnan
  B3. Hands and Feet -- Kells, Lindisfarne and MacDurnan
  B4. Attitudes of Horses from Pictish Stones of East Scotland -- Edderton, Meigle, Migvie also Book of Kells
Applications of Celtic Art
  Introduction
1. Design by Leonardo da Vinci, "Concatenation"

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