. . . Celtic Art inspired by the ancient Celts - traditional and original designs
- celtic tattoo art design symbols - angel fairy fairies faeries tribal tattoo wedding celtic symbols - jewelry - claddagh - celtic art - fonts - horse - irish dance
Celtic Lady (TM)
Intricate Celtic knotwork art based on
the Illuminated Irish and Scottish manuscripts, Scottish symbol stones, jewelry from Ireland,
horse harnesses from Brittany (France), metalwork, tribal jewelry, burial mounds - even Roman statues honoring Celtic gods.
Designs ready for use as Tattoos, Clip Art or Wedding Invitations
"the work of angels" The intricacies of Celtic artwork has been referred to as
"the work of angels".
The delicate knotwork,
mystifying spirals and intricate key patterns demonstrates a wonderful understanding of geometric motifs blended with animals and natural forms or
with human forms.
The first written record of the Celts talks of their occupation of the Danube region.
From there they spend west establishing tribes throughout parts of France, Spain and the British Isles.
The Roman armies overran most this territory however they were not successfull in conquering Ireland and parts of Scotland. Ancient writings mention the Celts as a fierce warrior race, often fighting with their bodies decorated
with blue woad paint, inked tribal tattoos, and their hair flowing wildly, even spiked with grease.
The Romans were most impressed by the Celtic tribesmen's horsemanship, the control of their fighting carts and their treatment of their horses.
Ireland preserved Celtic Art for the world by incorporating Celtic designs into their illuminated manuscripts.
Charlemagne (742-814) asked the Anglo-Saxon scholar, Alcuin (c.735-804) of York to teach this art method to other monks and scribes
throughout the Holy Roman Empire.
In the last decade of the 20th century this beautiful Celtic art is no longer found just in the monasteries.
From the re-enactors of the Dark / Middle Ages to the Rennaisance to the American Revolution to present day t-shirts of surfers
and skateboarders and tattoos as well as being embroidered onto the intricate Irish solo dance costumes and found on many CD cover jackets as well as television shows.
This art is still quite alive and evolving into art styles in many mediums.