Celtic Beasts: Animal Motifs and Zoomorphic Design in Celtic Art

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Blandford, 1999 - Art - 96 pages
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Courtney Davis, text by Dennis O'Neill and Courtney Davis Meet mythical serpents, shapeshifters, and other fantastic creatures whose origin can be traced back to the earliest northern European civilization. The Celts not only relied on animals for survival, but they respected, learned from, and honored them. Awe-inspiring illustrations and faithful narratives take us back to the time of goddesses, stone carvings, cave paintings, and beyond, for greater insight into the history and lure of the Celtic beast.

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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.

Dennis O'Neill was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. He received his education in the seminary system of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and was ordained a priest in 1973. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Loyola University in 1969 and a Masters of Divinity from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois, in 1974. In 1974, he received a S.T.B. and an S.T.L. from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary. Since ordination, he has served in various parish in the Chicago are and is currently pastor of St. Martha Parish, in Morton Grove, Illinois. He is author of Lazarus Interlude: A Story of God's Healing Love In a Moment of Ministry (Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1982). And he has written either the introductions or the texts for several books published by British Artist Courtney Davis: the Introduction of Celtic Illumination: the Irish School (New York: Thames & Hudson, 1998); co-authored Celtic Beasts (London: Blandford, 1999); and 101 Celtic Crosses(Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles, 2004).

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