Dean Morrissey - Anna of the Celts

Celtic mythology crosses in and out of Celtic history. The Irish Monks recorded history in writing, passing (and often embellishing) information from generation to generation. Thus we have a deep and rich reservoir of power, romance and insight into the hopes and eternal dreams of a rather primitive tribal people who lived in a mountainous and forbidding world.

For 800 years, the British Crown has tried to conquer and stifle this power. Although many, like the Vikings, left indelible scars, Ireland has never been conquered and Irish mythological tradition is as vibrant and alive as ever. This, to me, represents a kind of immortality…the very thing the Celts hoped for.

Anna and Danu were powerful Celtic goddesses. Women were considered equals in Celtic society. The most powerful gods were women.

Anna ushered the souls of fallen warriors to the afterlife. During medieval times in the Celtic world, Christianity may have been on the rise but many held onto their beliefs in traditional gods and goddesses. Anna was the figure they looked toward to protect them in battle. She represented loyalty, purity of spirit and courage of conviction. Battle was often waged by very loyal bands of knights against marauding invaders such as the Vikings or Normans. It was believed that those who died valiantly in battle would be escorted by Anna to the next world. A fallen king's targ (or shield) in hand and claymore (sword) nearby, Anna awaits her new charges. - DM


Dean Morrissey - Anna of the Celts

Release Year: 2003
Size: 36 x 25
Form: limited edition giclée on canvas
Edition Size: 25 numbered and hand signed by the artist
Artist Proofs: call or email to check on availability.
Custom Framing: available upon request

Product Code: MORAN4

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