Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Three Sides Live | Professor Etienne Rynne Lectures | October 1994 | Part II

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Prof. Etienne Rynne speaking at the memorial to the Annaghdown (Anach Cuan)
boat disaster of 1828 [also: here], in 1996 (© Chapple Collection)
This second lecture given by Prof. Etienne Rynne in 1994 to his class of Diploma students covered illuminated manuscripts. As before, I’ve included an approximate timeline through the lecture with notes on some of the major topics mentioned and his various anecdotes and interactions with the audience.

0:12 ‘I’m going to talk now about the illuminated manuscripts’
0:25 ‘I haven’t time to talk about Ogham
0:30 ‘Ogham is an impossible script invented by a crowd of Kerrymen … probably … who somehow got lost in Wales’
2:25 ‘Writing came into Ireland with Christianity’
2:45 ‘All the rigmarole that goes with church learning’
3:12 ‘Illuminated Manuscripts doesn’t mean they light up at night!’
4:32 ‘The Complete Gospels’
5:35 ‘and he cogged the whole book’
6:03 Judgment on copyright
6:08 ‘Colm Cille said ‘hump you’ and he wouldn’t have it’
6:37 Iona
8:35 ‘It’s the earliest example of illuminated art in north-western Europe’
8:55 wrestling with the projector
9:36 ‘and the art is totally Celtic in so far as there are spirals and curvilinear. There is no interlace! Forget interlace is Celtic! Interlace art came later! … the earliest interlace we have in Ireland is probably about 630 to 650’
10:52 Columbanus
11:20 ‘and he [Columbanus] got up into Burgundy here where he met a lot of trouble … ask yourselves … like any good detective of fiction writer … why do you meet trouble? What do you do? The answer is Cherchez la femme
12:30 Bobbio
14:05 Chi-Rho
14:48 Lohar, Co. Kerry
15:45 Aidan, successor of Colm Cille at Iona
17:10 ‘of course there was trouble again … Cherchez la femme … there was a row about when you celebrate Easter’
20:03 ‘A lot of people say the Book of Durrow may have been done in Northumbria …’
20:54 ‘If they were good Anglo Saxons they’d have had no trouble drawing men and animals and being good representational art … the Irish were Celts and weren’t interested in representational art’
22:16 ‘quite obviously this Irishman never saw a lion in his life’
25:32 Zoomorphic & Ornithomorphic interlace
28:43 797 AD
30:21 ‘now … about The Book of Kells …’
30:49 The Goldsmith
30:55 The Portraitist
31:11 The Illustrator
31:33 The Animal Painter
31:52 The Pupils/The Apprentices
32:30 tape continues, but speeds up making speech all but unintelligible

Prof. Etienne Rynne speaking at the memorial to the Annaghdown (Anach Cuan) boat disaster of 1828 [also: here], in 1996 (© Chapple Collection)

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