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Dr. Rachel MossDr. Rachel Moss

Head of Department, History of Art and Architecture
Associate Professor

Research interests

I am an art and architectural historian with a particular interest in medieval Ireland. My research has developed from doctoral studies in Romanesque architecture and sculpture to focus on the later medieval period, in particular the social context of medieval art and architecture. I am also interested in the extended biographies of medieval buildings - how the architecture of the Middle Ages came to be perceived and managed after the mid-sixteenth century. I was editor and principal author volume 1 of the RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland series, published by Yale University Press in November, 2014. I am currently Principal Investigator on the IRC-funded Monastic Ireland, Landscape and Settlement Project and academic partner on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch-TCD Gospel Books Project.

Selected publications

  • R. Moss, The Art and Architecture of Ireland, vol 1. The Medieval Period c. 400-1600 (Dublin, New Haven and London, 2014)
  • R. Moss, ‘ “Planters of great civilitie”: female patrons of the arts in late medieval Ireland’ in, T. Martin (ed.), Reassessing the Roles of Women as “Makers” of Medieval Art and Architecture (Leiden, 2012), pp. 275 – 308
  • R. Moss, ‘Reduce, Re-use, Re-cycle: Irish Monastic Architecture c. 1540–1640’ in R. Stalley (ed.), Irish Gothic Architecture: Construction, Decay and Reinvention (Dublin, 2012), pp. 115-160
  • R. Moss, ‘Reconstructing Cashel’ in R. Stalley (ed.), Irish Gothic Architecture: Construction, Decay and Reinvention (Dublin, 2012) pp. 99-115
  • R. Moss, ‘Piety and Politics: Funerary Sculpture in Cashel c. 1500-1640’ in R. Stalley (ed.), Medieval Art and Architecture in Limerick and south-west Ireland, British Archaeological Association Conference transactions for 2008 (Leeds, 2011), pp.158 – 175
  • R. Moss, ‘Continuity and change: the material setting of public worship in the sixteenth-century’ in T. Herron and M. Potterton (eds), Dublin and the Pale in the Renaissance, 1494-1660 (Dublin, 2011), pp. 182 – 206
  • R. Moss, Romanesque chevron ornament: the language of British, Norman and Irish Sculpture in the twelfth century, BAR International Series 1908 (Oxford, 2009)
  • R. Moss (ed.), Making and Meaning in Insular Art (Dublin, 2007), pp342
  • R. Moss, C. Ó Clabaigh and S. Ryan (ed), Art and Devotion in Late Medieval Ireland (Dublin, 2006), pp234.


My teaching covers medieval art and architecture. I teach modules on Insular art, early medieval art in Europe and art and architecture in late medieval Ireland. Past and present post-graduate students have worked on topics including‘Archaic’ Architectural Sculpture in 11th-13th Century Tuscany, late medieval Irish window tracery and Passion symbolism in Irish art.  I welcome discussion with suitably qualified prospective students with relevant research interests.

Dr. Moss on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of the History of Art and Architecture,,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: +353 1 896 2055
Fax: 00 353 1 8961438

Last updated 6 February 2017