Inspiring Art: The Book of Kells

The exuberant wild



Of God

Of human art


Where circles

Mathematically perfect


Orbit the word

With angels



Rats and cats


And the human face

Of a saviour


Twists enigmatically

Through his name.


The “Chi Rho” page of the Book of Kells – opening words to Matthew 1.18 – “XRI B GENERATIO”
  • The two moths can be found top left
  • There are three angels down the side of the left-hand letter
  • The rats and cats are near the bottom
  • The “face of a saviour” is easier to spot, part of the spiral of what looks like a “p” [Greek “rho”]

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