Celts: Art and Identity

Through beautiful objects and artworks, the British Museum explores what it has meant to be a Celt in the ancient world up to the present day.

There cannot be many exhibitions that take as its focus a group of people that have never concretely existed. We may think we understand what defines Celtic culture, but on closer inspection one discovers that the Celts have never been a clearly distinguished group of people. Rather, the name has been used to describe various groups since the time of the ancient Greeks. There is nevertheless one common thread that links them: the identification either by outsiders or by themselves as ‘other’.

Gundestrup Cauldron. Silver. Gundestrup, northern Denmark, 100 BC–AD 1. © The National Museum of Denmark.

Gundestrup Cauldron. Silver. Gundestrup, northern Denmark, 100 BC–AD 1. © The National Museum of Denmark.

Read the full review of Celts: Art and Identity at the British Museum here.

 

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