Sure, we couldn’t come to Dublin without seeing the Book, could we? Off to Trinity College in the sunshine (sunshine!) to slip into the Library at its opening hour. Scarcely any wait to speak of, then inside to the Book. The beautiful pages look pretty much like our facsimile, Only Real. Trinity has created an introductory exhibit, “Darkness into Light” that sets the context. The best part are huge panels with magnified views of the Kells pages — fantastic because to the naked eye (or at least, to my age-challenged naked eye!) it’s hard to make out the detail — but with these magnifications, the images look sensational, and you can begin to grasp what the artist-scribes really achieved. The Long Room (a barrel-vaulted library gallery that is possibly the most beautiful space ever designed for books) is an awesone sight, too, despite the stairwell that dumps one disconcertingly into the Gift Shop. Here’s hoping all that cash goes straight into scholarships for needy undergrads.
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