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The New Chi Rho

Martin Brockhaus

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Odon Czintos 18 Days Ago

Budapest, H - Hungary

Congrats on your sale.Good work.

East Tilbury, Es - United Kingdom

Wonderful work..Congratulations on your sale..well done!

London - United Kingdom

Congratulations on your sale!

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Congrats on your sale!!!!!

Soddy Daisy, TN - United States

Love the rich colors and design on this work! Congrats!

Pacific Grove, CA - United States

Beautiful illuminated work. I could get lost in this for hours.

Yakima, WA - United States

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Fort Pierce, FL - United States

Love all your details! Wow.

Marietta, GA - United States

Very cool!

East Tilbury, Es - United Kingdom

Congratulations on your fine sale..well done!

Oslo, Os - Norway

Congratulations on your Art sale!

Loveland, CO - United States

Congratulations on your new $ale!

London - United Kingdom

Congratulations on your art sale!

Christchurch, E9 - New Zealand

Martin.Congrats on your art sale wonderful work.!!

San Francisco Bay Area, CA - United States

Congratulations on the sale of your beautiful artwork!!

Budapest, H - Hungary

Congrats on your sale.............Odon.

Selah, WA - United States

Awesome detail Martin

Ridgewood, NJ - United States

Congrats on your sale Martin! Really amazing detail in this piece!

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Congratulations on your sale!!

Iasi, Ia - Romania

Congratulation on your sale!

Dallas, TX - United States

Beautiful work; congratulations Martin on your sale!

Pahoa, Hi - United States

Gorgeous. Congratulations on your sale!

San Diego, Ca - United States

This is AWESOME! Congratulations on a very well deserved sale! Chuck

Sellersville, PA - United States

Stunningly beautiful :)

San Diego, CA - United States

Simply beautiful, Martin. Congratulations on your sale. Well deserved!

Voorhees, NJ - United States

Excellent-congrats on your sale! v -Kim

Philadelphia, PA - United States

Congratulations on your sale! !!

Yakima, WA - United States

Thank you so much. Check out the video on this artwork at

Charlottetown, PE - Canada

Congrats on your sale! ~Matt

Santa Clara, CA - United States

Congratulations on your sale, Martin! Your illustration is beautiful!! Love all the details, so well done!! Happy holidays!!

Austin, TX - United States

this is fantastic!

Arlngton, WA - United States

Outstanding work of art Martin.

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Martin Brockhaus


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(Click my name in the upper left corner to see more of my artwork)
The Book of Kells is an illustrated manuscript containing the four gospels, handwritten in Latin, along with some of the finest work of Celtic and sacred art ever created. Made in 800 AD by a group of anonymous monks living on a tiny island just off of Scotland, this priceless book is kept at the "Book of Kells" museum in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
Of course 1200 years of wear and tear have left the illustrations faded and worn. So, I decided to bring a new interpretation to the most famous page, in the Book Of Kells, the Chi Rho Page. The big letter that looks like a 'P' with the front part missing is actually the Greek letter 'X' which is pronounced Chi (kye - like kite). The Greek letter 'P' can be seen by looking for a head on it's side. That letter is pronounced Rho (row). Hence the name Chi-Rho. There is an additional letter behind the P and that is the Greek letter 'i' and is called iota (ee-oh-ta). Together XPi is shorthand for the Greek work Kristos or Christ. The artwork contains many symbolic elements and hidden surprises. For instance, the artwork contains many serpents. Back then, snakes were often used as symbols for renewal or resurrection due to shedding of the old skin, like people must shed their old selves and be reborn into a new life. You'll also find angels, cats playing with mice, butterflies, a seahorse, monsters, and women (I bent the rules, there are no women in the original but they just seemed to want to come out) plus other hidden mysteries. Below the painting is a quote taken from the Gospel of John. "In the beginning was the Word..."
This work is so detailed and complex it took me 6 months and 500 hours to complete. It was a very enjoyable and fulfilling project. I highly recommend getting a 15 X 20 inch canvas print, or larger, which truly brings out the details and just looks fantastic. The extra canvas space around the work allows for a canvas wrap around or adding a mat and frame. Thanks for visiting and "Go with God"


December 6th, 2011


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