All About Celtic Art

One thing that a lot of people don’t know about the Celts is the fact that they had a very strong and proud artistic tradition. You might need see the Celts as an artistic folk because of the fact that they are often typecast as warriors in historical narratives, but the fact of the matter is that there were plenty of Celtic art forms, and their visual art is actually quite distinct and forms an important piece of European history that many people are unaware even exists in the first place.

There are a lot of different elements that end up getting incorporated into Celtic Art, and one of the most iconic elements that Celts used was the widespread presence of geometric shapes. This is a very geometric art form. Christian influences also play a pretty significant role, with a lot of the geometric shapes coming together to form some sort of Christian iconography such as crosses and the like. This makes Celtic art an important part of not just European history but Christian history as well. There are three main patterns and design elements that are used in Celtic art. These are as follows:

Spirals

These are some of the oldest designs that are used in Celtic art, and the ancient Celts associated a great deal of mysticism and spirituality with them. This shows that spirituality was a part of Celtic art even before Christianity was entrenched into that particular civilization. The spirals themselves are meant to represent a life force of some sort, and there were usually three intertwined spirals that would come together to form what was referred to as a “triskele”. This is a significant shape because of the fact that the number three has remained relevant to Celtic beliefs for quite some time now.

Knotworks

This is a form of Celtic art that has been heavily influenced by Christianity, particularly Christian manuscripts. Basically, this form of art involves a series of lines being wound together to form a knot. The trick is to make sure that the line never breaks or stops and that the end up involved a great deal of geometric patterns and the like. Rounded edges also form a key factor of what makes these knots so special, and it helps explain why the aesthetic charm of this kind of art has endured for so long.

Key Patterns

This pattern involves lines that turn at a 45 degree angle. This creates a very angular kind of design that is actually also found in art that originated in cultures that formed around the Mediterranean Sea. It is highly unlikely that Celtic and Mediterranean cultures interacted enough to share artistic traditions, so these similarities are more likely the result of pure chance and nothing else. This shape is an interestingly minimalist design that is oddly in sync with modern minimalist trends as well which is a big reason why Celtic art is still widely renowned.

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