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Book Details

Published by Royal Irish Academy

May 2015

ISBN: 9781908996671

Art and Architecture of Ireland is an authoritative and fully illustrated survey encompassing the period from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. This complete five volume set explores all aspects of Irish art – from high crosses to installation art, from illuminated manuscripts to Georgian houses and Modernist churches, from tapestries and sculptures to oil paintings, photographs and video art. This monumental project provides new insights into every facet of the strength, depth and variety of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage.

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About the authors

Rachel Moss

Rachel Moss is Assistant Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin and President of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (2013–17). She has published numerous articles on medieval art and architecture and has edited books including Making and Meaning in Insular Art (Dublin, 2007) and Art and Devotion in Late Medieval Ireland (Dublin, 2006).

Nicola Figgis

Nicola Figgis is a lecturer at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin, specialising in seventeenth–nineteenth century Irish painting and aspects of the Grand Tour. She is co-author, with Brendan Rooney, of Irish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland, volume i (2002).

Paula Murphy

Paula Murphy is an emeritus professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin, where sculpture has been the focus of her research. Her publications include Nineteenth-century Irish sculpture: native genius reaffirmed (2010) and Sculpture 1600–2000, vol. 3 in Art and architecture of Ireland (2014). She was a recipient of the RHA Gold Medal in 2015. In 2016/17 she held a Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington DC. She has served on the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Sculptors’ Society of Ireland (now Visual Artists Ireland), and was a member of the Steering Group of Dublin City Council's Sculpture Dublin (2020-22). Her most recent publication is Art History at the Crossroads of Ireland and the United States (2022), co-edited with Cynthia Fowler. 

Rolf Loeber

Rolf Loeber holds professorships at the University of Pittsburgh, where he oversees research on the causes of crime as well as mental health problems in young people. He has published extensively on Irish architecture, the history of fiction as well as social, economic and plantation history.

John Montague

Livia Hurley

Livia Hurley is an architect and architectural historian working in private practice in Dublin. Her research interests include urban history and the study of industrial sites and monuments.

Ellen Rowley

Ellen Rowley is an architectural historian, researching twentieth-century architecture in Ireland and beyond. She has written extensively on architectural modernism and edited a collection of Irish architectural writing: i.e. Patterns of Thought (2012). She is a research fellow at Trinity College Dublin.

Catherine Marshall

Catherine Marshall is a curator and art historian. She lectured in art history at Trinity College Dublin, the National College of Art and Design and University College Dublin. As founding head of collections at the Irish Museum of Modern Art she curated exhibitions of outsider art from the Musgrave Kinley Collection, exhibitions of Irish art in China, USA and the UK and throughout Ireland with the IMMA National Programme, and was curator to the Engagement project, which brought together artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent, Callan, with artists from widely differing mainstream practices for a series of exhibitions 2013–21. She co-edited Art and architecture of Ireland, vol. 5, Twentieth century (2014) and Janet Mullarney (2019). She is an active member of Na Cailleacha (Na In 2019 she was recipient of the first honorary doctorate in the History of Art from University College Dublin.

Peter Murray