Chi-Rho-Iota folium, from The Book of Kells (9th century), from DRIS Trinity College Liberary Dublin IE TCD MS 58

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Title

Chi-Rho-Iota folium, from The Book of Kells (9th century), from DRIS Trinity College Liberary Dublin IE TCD MS 58

Subject

Manuscript illumination

Description

Featuring the first three letters of Jesus in Greek, as well as a passage from the Gospel of Matthew, the χρι, or the Chi-Rho-iota (fol. 34r) is probably the most famous illumination in The Book of Kells. Other than the lavish design of these three letters, it is the minor decorations that fill the space between the letters that are considered the most visually arresting; such art exemplified the heritage of insular art after St. Augustine of Canterbury’s mission in 597.A.D. 

Date

9th century (early)

Contributor

Ruisen Zheng

Type

Still image

Coverage

Ireland
Early Middle Ages (c. 500-1000)
9th century

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Manuscript Illumination

Physical Dimensions

330 x 250 mm

Files

chi-rho-iota.jpg

Citation

“Chi-Rho-Iota folium, from The Book of Kells (9th century), from DRIS Trinity College Liberary Dublin IE TCD MS 58,” Medieval Hollywood, accessed April 24, 2019, http://medievalhollywood.ace.fordham.edu/items/show/77.