Gothic Art in Ireland 1169–1550


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Colum Hourihane

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It will come as a surprise to many that a wealth of Gothic art and architecture can still be found in Ireland. This groundbreaking book examines for the first time the most westerly expression of Gothic—on the edge of Europe—and traces its development from the beginning of the thirteenth century to the Reformation. Colum Hourihane offers new insights into Gothic Irish art, and he presents a revised view of art in Ireland in the Middle Ages.

Brought to Ireland by the Anglo-Normans and religious reform movements, the style was adopted and adapted locally, first appearing in monastic architecture and subsequently in the other arts. The book looks at what survives of Gothic art in Ireland, examines previously unknown material, and discusses such wide-ranging topics as the historiography of the style, its metalwork, iconography, and forms.

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Colum Hourihane is director, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University.

“Colum Hourihane sheds a whole new light on the subject of Gothic art in Ireland. His book is an eye-opener, and he has a knack of presenting material in a new and interesting way.”—Peter Harbison, Royal Irish Academy

"There are many studies of early Irish manuscript painting or later Irish cathedrals, but this publication, handsomely illustrated in color and black-and-white photographs, is the only study of the visual arts of all media produced during the later Middle Ages in Ireland. . . . Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice

"This book makes a significant contribution to the study of Gothic art in Ireland. . . . Handsomely published. . . . I have certainly found this an interesting work, strongly grounded in extensive scholarship and full of insights. Gothic Irish art has claimed its scholar and has been acclaimed by him. I have little doubt that the book will serve as a key point of reference for the future study of Gothic Irish art."—Geraldine Carville, Speculum

ISBN: 9780300094350
Publication Date: May 11, 2003
Publishing Partner: Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
200 pages, 8 3/4 x 10 3/4
170 b/w + 35 color illus.