Book of Kells John Portrait reproductionBy Thomas Keyes
Material: Parchment, Traditional pigments
Width: 23cm | Height: 31cm
Production date: 2020
This is an at scale reproduction of the Book of Kells St John portrait page made using the same tools, materials and techniques as the original artist. It’s not finished because some aspects require further research. The white pigment gypsum doesn’t handle very well and it isn’t clear how or why the Kells artists preferred it over white lead. There is also an as yet unidentified tool mark in the halo which has been used to make a series of small circles, its not a compass or a feather barrel, and at some point it split but the artist continued to use it leaving behind a valuable but enigmatic clue in the trail of slightly warped and incomplete circles around St John’s halo.