The Dragon and the Griffin : The Viking Impact Paperback
by Aidan Meehan
Part of the Celtic Design S. series
The designs and patterns of the Celts, expressed in their metalwork, stonework and jewelry, and continued in the manuscript illumination of Celtic Christianity, are an art form whose legacy has fascinated both Celtic and non-Celtic peoples for centuries.
This book adds to the series of practical, step-by-step guides on Celtic design for designers and craftspeople.
It studies the intricate dragon and griffin patterns that form the basis of the distinctive style of art that arose after the Viking's invasion of Ireland around 850 AD.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, 200 illustrations
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/1995
- Category: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400
- ISBN: 9780500277928
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Review by Shimmin
Another Meehan book about Celtic design, this time discussing the influence of the vikings. I'm not interested in art history as such, so I didn't find much to interest me here. The first Meehan book I had discussed how to use Celtic patterns yourself, but this simply shows some nice pictures and describes their features rather than providing any guidance. So I think it's a less useful book in general.