Celtic culture, one of the most mysterious cultures in the world, has survived in Ireland for centuries. During the Viking invasions in the 10th century, many Irish people were captured and taken as slaves. Among these slaves there were also artists, painters and sculptors. They maintained and handed down the tradition of visionary Celtic imagery, known for its typical interwoven lines depicting animals and mythical or symbolical figures.
Over time, the Irish art that developed in Scandinavia developed its own path and personality, characterised by even more complex woven patterns, which were often abstract and sometimes asymmetrical, but always extremely congruous.
The Vikings used them to decorate everything: their wooden houses, boats, clothing, jewellery and sacred stones called menhir.
In Ireland, on the other hand, the style remained closer the ancient tradition, albeit with Roman style influences brought over by Christian preachers. Here we can find evidence of Celtic art applied to decorations in churches, holy books and tombs, with their distinctive Celtic crosses in particular.
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