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Art of the Celts : 700 BC to AD 700 / Felix Muller ; with contributions by Sabine Bolliger Schreyer . [et al.]

Muller, Felix (1952-)

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ISBN 10: 9061538645 / ISBN 13: 9789061538646
Published by Antwerp : Mercatorfonds, 2009
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An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dw. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new and still in the publisher's protective shrink-wrap.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 303 pages; Physical description: 303 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm. Summary: Neighbours and contemporaries of the Greeks, Etruscans, and Romans, the Celts received inspiration from these advanced civlizations, which set their own creativity in motion. The distinctive Celtic style of art was born, with ornament as its outstanding feature. Naturalistic depiction was never its goal. On the contrary, plants and living creatures were dissected into their individual components and reassembled, were concealed and hidden, distorted and defamiliarized. This book explains the archaeological and historic context of each period, in order to obtain a better understanding of the development and significance of Celtic art and craftsmanship. The catalog contains forty "masterpieces", all outstanding examples illustrating the development of Celtic art. Finally, "101 motifs" demonstrate the varied links within Celtic ornament over the course of time and across Europe. Contents: 1. History, archaeology and art -- Chronology -- Who were the Celts? What is art? -- At the sources of the river Danube: 7th to 5th centuries BC -- Italy, the Balkans and Asia Minor: 5th to 3rd centuries BC -- At the heart of Europe: 2nd century BC to the Common Era -- Gaul and Germania: from the beginning of the Common Era to the 4th century AD -- The British Isles and Ireland: from the beginning of the Common Era to the 8th century AD -- From Athens to Ireland: Conclusion -- 2. Masterpeices of Celtic art: catalogue 1 - 40 -- 3. Pattern book of Celtic art: 101 motifs -- Appendix. 3 Kg. Bookseller Inventory # 207827

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Title: Art of the Celts : 700 BC to AD 700 / Felix ...

Publisher: Antwerp : Mercatorfonds

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition.

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Celtic art is at once magnificent and mysterious. The mastery of Celtic artists in the areas of metalwork and textiles is well known, but the termCeltic art covers a much broader terrain. Archaeological traces have been discovered from Scotland to Turkey, and from Galicia to Hungary. Influenced by Greek and Etruscan art, the Celts created a new formal language, one that reached its apex in Central Europe between the 5th and the 3rd century BCE. Its traditions survived in the Roman Empire and experienced a renaissance in Irish illuminated manuscripts around 700 CE. Celtic art was Northern Europes first major contribution to the art of Europe. This comprehensive book brings together the ancient Celts finest treasures: masterpieces from fourteen centuries that span the full breadth of Europe. Digital images and archaeological evidence bring Celtic ornamentation both enigmatic and highly sophisticated to life for both reader and visitor. The catalogue also provides an overview of the social and political context of the Celts, as well as exquisitely photographed images of Celtic masterworks.


"This informative book begins in 700 B.C. with colorful display pottery and proceeds through the centuries to book illuminations created in Christian monasteries in the eighth century. Concentrating on ornamentation as the Celts' main form of expression, weapons, helmets, chariots, pottery, jewelery and coinage are shown in color and black-and-white photographs." The Globe and Mail (Toronto)"

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