The Book of Kells: Its History and Art | Newberry

The Book of Kells: Its History and Art

Saturday, June 14, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 14 - July 19 (class will not meet July 5)

10 am – Noon

Led by Francis Crowley
This class is full and registration has closed.

More than 1000 years ago, Vikings raided a church in the Irish town of Kells and discovered a book of Gospels with covers decorated in precious jewels and gold. The invaders took the covers and tore out the pages. Recovered months later, these pages have become acknowledged as Ireland’s greatest national treasure. We will study the book’s history, methods of production, and magnificent art.

Francis Crowley holds an M.A. in education. He teaches traditional Celtic art, gives presentations of the Book of Kells in Chicago and nationally, and writes a column on the book for the Irish American News.

Materials List


  • All seminar materials will be provided on the first day of class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Five sessions, $187.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waiting list.