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Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Early Irish Gospel Books in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, Susie Bioletti and Rachel Moss (Trinity College Dublin, 2016)

The Library of Trinity College Dublin possesses seven early Irish Gospel books, of which the Book of Kells is the most famous.  This book outlines what is known about how these manuscripts were made, including recent scientific research on the pigments used by their makers. It explores who might have been responsible for their creation, and the type of environment in which they worked. The different formats of the books, and the nature of their ornament yield some clues as to how they were originally intended to be used, while various interventions – from added lines of text, to forged signatures, to particular patterns of damage – provide disjointed glimpses into the stories of their survival. The book is lavishly illustrated with many photographs published here for the first time. Available to purchase online from All proceeds towards preservation of and research into the Library collections.

Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100-1220

Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100-1220
Laura Cleaver (Boydell and Brewer, 2016)

On the facade of Chartres cathedral serene personifications of the arts of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy present passers-by with a vision of education as an improving process leading to greater knowledge of God. The arts proved a popular subject in medieval imagery, and were included in manuscripts, stained-glass and luxury metalwork objects as well as on the facades of churches. These idealized figures contrast with many textual accounts of education, in which authors recorded the hardships of student poverty and the temptations of drink and women to be found in the cities where teachers were increasingly establishing themselves. This book considers how and why education was explored in the art and architecture of the twelfth century. Through analysis of imagery in a wide range of media, it examines how teachers and students sought to use images to enhance their reputations and the status of their studies. It also investigates how the ideal models often set out in imagery compared with contemporary practice in an era that saw significant changes, beginning with a shift away from monastic education and culminating in the appearance of the first universities.

Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library

Latin Psalter manuscripts in Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library
Laura Cleaver & Helen Conrad O'Briain (Four Courts Press, 2015) [insert jpg 4]

The book of Psalms was at the core of devotional practice in western Christianity throughout the Middle Ages. The study of medieval Latin Psalters provides evidence for the owners, users and makers of each of these unique books.

This volume examines Psalter manuscripts as objects, exploring how they were designed and the changes that have been made to them over time. The choices made about text, decoration, size and layout in these manuscripts reveal a diverse range of engagements with the Psalms, as they were sung, read and scrutinized. The book thus sheds new light on some of the treasures of Trinity College Dublin and the Chester Beatty Library.

Art and Architecture of Ireland Volume I

Art and Architecture of Ireland Volume I: Medieval c. 400-c. 1600
Rachel Moss (Yale University Press, 2014)

An unrivalled survey of all aspects of the rich and varied visual culture of Ireland c.400-1600. Based on many years of original scholarly research, the book contains over 300 lively and informative essays and is magnificently illustrated. Readers will enjoy expanding their knowledge of medieval Ireland through explorations of the objects and buildings produced there and the people who created them.

The Art and Architecture of Ireland volumes, published for the Royal Irish Academy and the Paul Mellon Centre, are an authoritative and fully illustrated account of the art and architecture of Ireland from the early Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth-century. 
2014, Yale University Press, 592 pages

Gothic Legacies

Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture
(eds.) L. Cleaver & A. Lepine (Newcastle, 2012).

Making and   Meaning in Insular Art

Making and Meaning in Insular Art: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Insular Art Held at Trinity College Dublin, 25-28 August 2005
Rachel Moss (Four Courts Press, 2006) ).

Four Courts Press, 2007 Comprising papers from the 5th international conference on insular art held at Trinity College in August 2005, this volume deals with the technological and intellectual contexts of insular sculpture, metalwork, manuscript illumination and architecture, and the use of new methodologies in the scholarship of early medieval art. Contributors include: Martin Carver (U. York), Gifford Charles-Edwards (U. Wales, Bangor), Anna Gannon (U. Cambridge & British Museum), Mark Hall (Perth Museum & Art Gallery), Peter Harbison (RIA), Jane Hawkes (U. York), Colum Hourihane (Princeton), Catherine E. Karkov (Miami U.), Bernard Meehan (TCD), Tessa Morrison (U. Newcastle, Australia), Paul Mullarkey (NMI), Griffin Murray (UCC), Lawrence Nees (U. Delaware), Carol Neuman de Vegvar (Ohio Wesleyan U.), Daibhi O Croinin (NUIG), Jenifer Ni Ghradaigh (DIAS), Tomás Ó Carragáin (UCC), Jennifer O’ Reilly (UCC), Heather Pulliam (Western Kentucky U.), Michael Ryan (CBL), Roger Stalley (TCD), Catherine Swift (NUIM), and Niamh Whitfield (Morley College, London).

Art and Devotion in Late Medieval Ireland

Art and Devotion in Late Medieval Ireland.
Rachel Moss, Colman O Clabaigh and Salvador Ryan (eds) (Four Courts Press, 2006)

The religious art of early Christian Ireland has attracted much scholarly and popular attention. In contrast the devotional world of later medieval Ireland has, until recently, been relatively neglected. This multi-disclipinary volume redresses this by examining the material culture of late medieval Irish devotion against its artistic, historical, theological and liturgical background. The contributors draw on recent advances in international scholarship to provide a broader context for the Irish material. Subjects examined include: wall paintings, metalwork, shrines and reliquaries, manuscripts and books of hours, stained glass and vestments. Other contributions deal with the religious imagery of Irish bardic poetry and the cults of the Virgin Mary and St. Francis of Assisi.

The Eighteenth-Century Dublin town house Form, function and finance

The Eighteenth-Century Dublin town house
Form, function and finance

Christine Casey, editor

In the 18th century Dublin grew spectacularly; in the last quarter of a century, understanding of that growth has increased enormously. This book brings together a range of perspectives on the subject of the 18th-century Dublin town house, illuminating the political, economic and cultural activities of Dubliners, the resulting physical growth of the city and changing architectural manifestations. Some of the studies focus on questions of style and technique; others seek to relate the places in which people lodge to the lives they passed in them. The essays draw on an impressive variety of sources including archaeological investigations of sites and documentary evidence such as maps, leases, and family correspondence.

Irish women artists, 1800-2009 familiar but unknown

Irish women artists, 1800-2009
familiar but unknown

Éimear O'Connor, editor

This collection of essays examines the life, career, work and context of familiar but previously little-known Irish women artists. It focuses on the work of women artists living in Ireland. The authors have produced essays that are hugely diverse in terms of content, method and theoretical issues. Some take a gendered point of view; others adopt a biographical and documentary, albeit interrogative, approach, while some question the construction and constriction of the canon of art, arguing that it is a patriarchal structure that has disallowed the inclusion of the work of women.

The Provostís House Stables

The Provost's House Stables
Y. Scott and R. Moss (eds)
(Dublin, 2008)

This collection of essays, drawings and photographs was published to commemorate the official opening of TRIARC (Trinity Irish Art Research Centre) in Trinity College, Dublin. The book features a preface by Desmond Fitzgerald, Knight of Glin and essays by Edward McParland, John Tuomey, Patricia McCarthy, Rachel Moss and Yvonne Scott. The essays represent various periods in the building's history as well as associated artworks.

Last updated 7 December 2016