The famous ninth-century Book of Kells, housed in Trinity College Dublin’s Old Library, has been moved to a specially designed viewing case in the newly refurbished Treasury.
Manufactured by the Italian company that designed cases for the Mona Lisa, the British Crown Jewels and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the freestanding tower display case ensures the optimum environmental conditions and security for the precious manuscript, as well as an enhanced viewing experience.
The Book of Kells is thought to have been created around AD 800 and contains the four gospels of the Bible. It is famous for its lavishly decorated pages and the intricacy of its vividly coloured illustrations, which reflect the artistry of the monks who made it. It contains the earliest known surviving image of the Virgin and Child in Western manuscript art.
In its new case the book is tilted towards the viewer enabling them to better see the detail of this stunning work, sometimes referred to as the ‘work of angels’.
It will allow every single page in the book to be displayed on a rotating basis, including some of the manuscript's most ornate pages, which have not been on public display for decades.