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SS118 Introduction to Art in Ireland
This course traces the development of Irish art from Newgrange to the 2009 Venice Biennale. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of prehistoric art before moving on to consider the outstanding artistic achievements of the ‘Golden Age’ of Irish art, including the Book of Kells, the Tara Brooch and Irish High Crosses. The second half of the course will focus on how the ‘rediscovery’ of this early artistic legacy informed later artists, culminating in the ‘Celtic Revival’ of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In exploring the development of modern art in Ireland, students will learn to appraise and evaluate a broad spectrum of Irish art both iconographically and art historically, including the work of Jack Yeats, Mainie Jellett, and Louis le Brocquy. The course will conclude with an overview of trends in contemporary Irish art. A key question underlying the various strands of the course will be the development of a distinctly Irish cultural identity in the visual arts and the influence of international trends on Irish artists throughout the ages.
Co-Director, Louis de Paor, Ph.D
Co-Director, Conor Newman, M.A., F.S.A
Fiona Gavin, B.A.
Fiona Gavin was educated at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her field of post-graduate research and publication focuses specifically on insular ornamental metalwork AD 300-500. Her research topics include iconography and symbolism in early Insular art, the creation and socio-cultural performance of prehistoric art and the early use of silver in native metalwork.
Jenny McCarthy, M.A.
Jenny Mc Carthy is a graduate of UCD, where she studied art history and philosophy. She holds an M.A in Irish Studies and is currently completing her doctoral thesis Jack B Yeats and John Sloan: Ireland and America at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth century Irish art, the illustrations of Jack Yeats, images of the Irish in travel literature and crosscurrents in early twentieth-century Irish and American art.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fees:
€1,160 (Family Guesthouse - sharing)
- with Irish breakfast
- €150 single supplement
€850 (Student Residences)
- without breakfast
- single occupancy
For further information applicants should contact:
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Tel: +353 91 495442
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