A great action picture of the much travelled St Brendan The Navigator. This stunning artwork combines modern colors with ancient celtic art inspired by art from the Book of Kells.
500 Piece Jigsaw
36.5 x 48cm
14.5" x 19" inches
St Brendan The Navigator
St. Brendan was born in 484 AD in Fenit, County Kerry. He was ordained a priest in 512 AD and founded a monastery at Clonfert, County Galway.
Brendan travelled widely; he set sail from the foot of Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula with a handful of monks on a perilous seven-year quest across the Atlantic in a boat of wood and oxhide. En route, legend tells us that they were raised up on the backs of "sea monsters" (whales), they passed by "crystal columns tha rose up to the sky" (icebergs) adn they were pelted with "flaming, foul-smelling rocks" (from a volcano).
Eventually, the intrepid voyagers arrived at a beautiful land the called "Promised Land of the Saints", an island which became a standard feature on maps for the next millennium.
It is widely believed St Brendan the Navigator and his monks had in fact arrived in America almost 1,000 years before Christopher Colombus.
Dublin born Irish artist Rachel Arbucke graduated from Dublin's National College of Art and Design in 1990.
She has always been fascinated by our Celtic heritage. Inspiration found in the intricate knotwork adorning the ancien manuscripts, stone and metalwork, coupled with Rachel's love of a good story, have combined to produce some of the most popular images in contemporary Irish Celtic art.
Mythological warriors rub shoulders with ancient historical figures and intertwine with animals, birds and fish rendered in the artist's unique style.
Her colors, though modern, emulate the softness of the natural pigments used by the Celts and a discerning eye will recognise shades of both Tuscany, whre Rachel currently lives, and the Beara Peninsula, whre she thrives on the rugged West Coast of Ireland.
Today her work is available worldwide, bringing a taste of Ireland to the four corners of the earth.