Insular Art and Manusciprts

Insular art or Hiberno Saxon art, is type of art which was produced in post Roman history in Ireland and Great Britain. The Insular word derives from insula, which mean island in Latin, describing England’s and Ireland’s geographical place. Insular art originated from Celtic Christianity or metalwork of the secular elite, in the 600 AD time period. They combined Celtic styles and Anglo Saxon styles decoration. The period ceased after Viking raids which began during 8th century. In England style the style turned into Anglo Saxon art, and in Ireland the style continue and merged into Romanesque art. Insular art affected all European mediaval art, especially the decorative elements of Romanesque and Gothic manuscripts.

Insular manuscripts did not manage to survive as some examples of insular metalwork. A distinctive Insular type of book is pocket gospel. It is mouch less decorated, like Book of Mulling, Book of Deer, etc. Anglo-Saxon and Irish insular manuscripts have a unique rougher finish to their vellum, as contrast to the smooth-polished plane of contemporary continental or most of the late-medieval vellum.

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