Celts: Art and Identity - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Celts: Art and Identity

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'2,500 years of astounding abstract beauty' - The Guardian

A richly illustrated book exploring the style, development and revival of Celtic arts

Celtic art is one of Europe’s great artistic traditions. Characterised by elements such as the plait, the knot, the twist, weave and twine, as well as ringed crosses and serpentine forms, the art is ambiguous and abstract. 

This title, which accompanies an exhibition at the British Museum in 2015 and then the National Museums Scotland explores the style, development and revival of Celtic arts. Drawing on the latest scholarship, the authors look at what is meant by Celtic art, from its origins c.500 BC in western Europe, through its transformations and revivals in the Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods, to its rediscovery in Britain in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Over 250 remarkable objects have been selected from the collections of the British Museum, the National Museums of Scotland and other key European museums to illustrate the narrative and highlight the artistic accomplishments of craftspeople through the centuries.

  • Author: Julia Farley and Fraser Hunter
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Date published: September 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714128368
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 22 cm

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