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About Art and Architecture of Ireland

Art and Architecture of Ireland is an authoritative and fully illustrated account of the art and architecture of Ireland from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. The e-version of Art and Architecture of Ireland is now available for free on for public libraries and universities on the island of Ireland. It is also free in schools for teachers and students through JSTOR via Scoilnet.

The volumes explore all aspects of Irish art and architecture - from high crosses to installation art, from Georgian houses to illuminated manuscripts, from watercolours and sculptures to photography, oil paintings, video art and tapestries. This monumental work provides new insight into every facet of the strength, depth and variety of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage.

Art and Architecture of Ireland is the result of the hard work and dedication of our team of talented editors, expert advisors, creative editorial team and over 250 external contributors. It was made possible by the generous support of the Naughton Foundation and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. 

The e-version of Art and Architecture of Ireland is now available for free on JSTOR for public libraries and universities on the island of Ireland. The five volumes of Art and Architecture are available to purchase from our bookshop

The Editors

  • Volume I Medieval Art and Architecture - Rachel Moss
  • Volume II Painting 1600-1900 - Nicola Figgis
  • Volume III Sculpture 1600-2000 - Paula Murphy
  • Volume IV Architecture 1600-2000 - Rolf Loeber, Hugh Campbell, Livia Hurley, John Montague and Ellen Rowley
  • Volume V Twentieth Century - Catherine Marshall and Peter Murray

Art and Architecture of Ireland is published by Yale University Press for the Royal Irish Academy and the Paul Mellon Centre.

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