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Dr Anna McSweeney

Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular in Spain, north Africa and the medieval Mediterranean. I have recently published a book on the Alhambra palace in Granada (From Granada to Berlin: the Alhambra Cupola - Verlag Kettler, 2020).  My research and publication interests include the long histories of objects; trade and circulation in the medieval Mediterranean; museums and objects; material histories; copies and reproductions; Orientalisms and the art and architecture of medieval Spain and North Africa.


  • Anna McSweeney, From Granada to Berlin: the Alhambra Cupola (Dortmund: Verlag Kettler, 2020)
  • Anna McSweeney and Claudia Heide (eds.), Art in Translation, Orientalism and Spain, special issue, vol. 9:1, 2017.
  • ‘Working on the Borders of ‘Islamic Art’: the Entangled Histories of Paterna Ceramics’ in David Govantes-Edwards and Chloë Duckworth (eds). Archaeology, Politics and Islamicate Cultural Heritage in Europe (forthcoming, Equinox 2020).
  • 'Portable Monuments. Lottinoplastique and the Transmission of Images'. Published in German in Bilderfahrzeuge: Aby Warburgs Vermächtnis und die Zukunft der Ikonologie. Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Berlin, pp. 41-53 (2018).
  • 'Mudéjar and the Alhambresque: Spanish Pavilions at the Universal Expositions and the Invention of a National Style', Art in Translation. Spain and Orientalism 9:1 (2017).
  • 'Versions and Visions of the Alhambra in the Nineteenth-Century Ottoman World', West 86th: a Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, 22:1, Spring/Summer 2015, 44-69.

Museums and Exhibitions

From 2013-14 I worked at the Museum for Islamic art in Berlin (M.I.K.) as the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien and the Kunsthistorische Institut, Florence.  My research on the Alhambra at the Museum in Berlin was filmed for the Arte documentary High-Tech Archaeology (June 2017). From 2015-2018 I was a research fellow at the Warburg Institute in London with the Bilderfahrzeuge Project, where I co-curated an exhibition at the Lethaby Gallery, London on Metadata: How we Relate to Images (2018), supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education.


I teach undergraduate module on medieval Islamic art and architecture. I teach on questions of museums and heritage; orientalisms and the legacy of Islamic art in Europe; Islamic manuscripts and material culture; the art and architecture of Islamic Spain (al-Andalus).

Contact Details

Department of History of Art and Architecture
School of Histories and Humanities
Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Dublin 2