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A term applied to the art produced in northern Britain and Ireland between the 6th and 9th centuries. Much of this art was Christian, inspired initially by the foundation in 563 of the monastery of Iona by St Columba, which served as a mission station for northern Britain. The great Gospel books, the Lindisfarne Gospels (British Library, London) and the Book of Kells (Trinity College, Dublin), were among the glories of Insular art, which also saw the production of much distinguished metalwork.

Subjects: Art.

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