Every page of the Book of Kells available in high resolution for the first time.
Explore the finest details of 21 of the 9th century manuscript’s most decorated pages at up to six times their original size.
The Book of Kells is one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts and the most elaborate manuscript of its kind to survive from the early Middle Ages. Today, it is on display in the Library of Trinity College Dublin.
Following on from the international award-winning DVD-ROM, this app showcases the amazing decorative skills of the scribes and the rich and varied colours used in the drawings.
- See all 680 pages
- Zoom in to explore the detail 21 of the most decorated pages at up to 6 times their actual size
- Learn about the history of the book including where, when and how it was made
- Understand the meaning behind decorative symbols used throughout the manuscript
- Browse through over 600 examples of animals, initial letters and other decorative themes
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Optimised for iOS11.
Ratings and Reviews
I am having trouble navigating back to the home page from a featured page "virgin and angels". I have tried pretty much everything from swiping to zooming to looking for a button but can't seem to figure it out. Help?
Edit: You can only navigate back to the home screen when the iPad is in landscape mode. The app in general needs some tweaking in order to work better with the iPad's screen rotation. 5 stars for content, but 3 for execution.
I was a little hesitant to purchase this app wondering if it would live up to it's (relatively) high price. Well, it's worth every penny (and a lot more!). This app gives you the ability to really study the book and the ability to zoom in makes the app better than the real thing. Do not hesitate to purchase this app!
Astonishing, beautiful, and well designed
I am impressed. The iPad's resolution and color make this the best way to view the Book of Kells short of going to Ireland to see the real thing. The app also some great features, like indexed galleries of illuminated capitals, listed by creature (all letters in the shape of a horse, or lizard, etc.) and by letter of the alphabet (all illuminated A's, B's, etc.). This is great for artists and calligraphers.
Well written scholarly notes on special pages are presented in a way that is not distracting.
My one gripe: not all pages are zoomable. But this is obviously a concession to reality: if all were zoomable, the app would take up an unacceptable amount of space.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.