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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. Hardback Kg. 303 pp. 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.

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De vormtaal van de Kelten

De prachtige kunst van de Kelten blijft een enigma. Op het vlak van smeedkunst en stoffen kenden de Kelten hun gelijke niet, maar er is veel meer. Archeologische sporen zijn terug te vinden van Schotland tot in Turkije, van Galicië tot Hongarije. De Kelten werden gestimuleerd door hun Griekse en Etruskische invloeden. Daaruit onstond een eigen vormtaal. Het hoogtepunt van de Keltische kunst ligt in Middeneuropa tussen de vijfde en derde eeuw voor Christus. De traditie overleefde de Romeinse tijd en kent in de Ierse boekverluchting van 700 na christus een laatste opflakkering. De kunst van de Kelten was de eerste belangrijke bijdrage van het noorden aan de Europese kunst.

De mooiste kunstschatten van de oude Kelten zijn in dit omvattende boek verzameld: meesterwerken uit veertien eeuwen, topstukken uit heel Europa. De raadselachtige en hoogontwikkelde Keltische ornamentiek wordt archeologisch gedocumenteerd en met digitale grafiek voor kijker en lezer ontsloten. De politieke en maatschappelijke context van de Kelten wordt in korte teksten begrijpelijk gemaakt, de topwerken werden schitterend gefotografeerd.

Begeleidt de gelijknamige tentoonstelling in het Historisches Museum, Bern (18 juni-18 oktober 2009) en het Landesmuseums Württemberg, Stuttgart

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