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Welcome to the Department of History of Art and Architecture

Welcome to the Department of the History of Art and Architecture - a department that is known for its lively teaching and for its friendly and supportive approach to students. Trinity is the ideal place to study art history, located as it is right in the heart of the city, surrounded by the national and city museums and galleries, in a campus known for its remarkable architecture, collections of art from illuminated manuscripts to modern sculpture, and its own galleries dedicated to contemporary art, and to the junctures of art and sciences. The department has an international reputation for research in several fields of art history, both Irish and international, and has hosted a vibrant cohort of post-graduates and research fellows. The interdisciplinary approach of the department fosters connections with other areas of study within and beyond the university.

This website will introduce you to the staff, and to the courses and facilities on offer to those with an interest in the study of art, its forms and techniques, its history and place in society, and in particular, the ways in which art images, objects and structures can be read and interpreted.

Dr Rachel Moss

Head of Department

News & Events

Dr Heather Pulliam, University of Edinburgh
Colour, Materiality and Meaning: The Book of Durrow and Lindisfarne Gospels
21st February, part of the Research Seminar Series in Art History

CrookshankA Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 2 March 2017, at 5.00pm in the Chapel, Trinity College Dublin for Professor Anne Olivia Crookshank, (B.A., M.A. (LOND.), M.R.I.A., F.T.C.D. (1978))
Professor Crookshank, Emeritus Fellow, founder of the department of History of Art and Architecture (1966) and co-author of works including The Painters of Ireland c.1620-1920 (1978), The Watercolours of Ireland (1994) and Ireland’s Painters 1600-1940 (2002) passed away on October 18th, 2016.
Regrettably, no parking on campus is available.

guinnessJust published – The Early Irish Gospel Books of Trinity College by Susie Bioletti and Rachel Moss. Available exclusively from the TCD Library shop for 10 euro. All proceeds towards preservation of and research into the Library collections. The perfect Christmas gift!

drawnFollowing its launch in November, you are invited to explore 100s of images from Irish nineteenth and early twentieth century illustrated books from TCD library collection in the Drawn to the Page: Irish artists and Illustration digital collection.
Led by Angela Griffith, with the assistance of Emma Clarke from the ADAPT Centre, the DttP collection was created in conjunction with Trinity's Research IT, Library and Digital Humanites Centre.

Undergraduate AwardsCongratulations to History of Art students Sorcha Flanagan and Johanna Varadi who both came highly commended in the Art History, Music, Film & Theatre category of the Undergraduate Awards, 2016. Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, the Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards programme, recognising excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.

mauscriptWe are delighted that collaboration between the Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and the Department of History of Art and Architecture and Library, TCD on the Early Irish Manuscripts Project has been shortlisted for the Allianz Business to Arts Best Large Sponsorship Award 2016

mauscriptCongratulations to department alumni Patricia McCarthy on the publication of her book "Life in the Country House in Georgian Ireland"
Press Release

The Early Irish Manuscripts Project has completed the digitization of the 9th century Gospel book known as the Garland of Howth and it is now available online. For the first time in its history, the manuscript can be viewed by people around the world.
Follow our blog about the project to learn more.


Last updated 14 February 2017 arthist@tcd.ie.