King Arthur's Return: Legends of the Round Table and Holy Grail Retraced : Celtic Art

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Blandford, 1995 - Fiction - 128 pages
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The paintings capture your attention before the text -- the front cover depiction of Arthur as a Celtic sun-king, then the back cover's impressive initialed Excalibur, and then the more than 40 full-color plates inside. The Arthurian legends have inspired countless artists and poets, but this collection is in a class by itself. The longer you spend with each painting, the more you appreciate this original style. It's inspired by medieval stained glass and modern Art Nouveau, along with an intricate composition that draws on Celtic geometric design. Through it all flows a unique awareness of universal mystical and spiritual symbols. Viewers will find a compelling contribution to the spiritual arts tradition, particularly to contemporary New Age interests. Each painting reveals an aspect of a great tale, myth, or legend surrounding Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, and the Quest for the Holy Grail. Among the subjects: The Face of the Goddess Gala; The Grail King; The Face of Merlin; The Lady in the Lake; The Wedding of Arthur and Guinevere; Morgan le Fay; The Bird of Omen; Galahad; The Round Table; The Face of Lancelot; The Golden Bow; The White Castle; The Circle of Creation. The text interprets the paintings with delicate and intimate appreciation of their meaning both as representations of the ancient legends and as contemporary avenues for meditation. The word-and-picture combination provides an in-depth analysis of the spiritual nature of Celtic traditions, and together they show how the Arthurian legends remain one of the classic voyages of discovery, symbolically depicting the human struggle for spiritual evolution through heroic deeds.

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About the author (1995)

Courtney Davis is now recognised internationally as one of the foremost modern interpreters of the traditional art and graphic symbolism of the Celts. She has achieved great success with some 18 books, including Celtic Illumination, The Celtic Art Source Book, Celtic Borders and Decorations and The Art of Celtia, and these have established a world reputation for his technique and imagery.

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