Art and Architecture of Ireland

Complete 5-Volume Set

Andrew Carpenter, general editor

View Inside Price: $650.00


December 16, 2014
3000 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
3000 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300179248
Boxed Set

Published for the Royal Irish Academy in association with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Out of Print

A sweeping, gloriously illustrated celebration of 1,600 years of Irish art and architecture



In five handsome, deeply researched volumes, Art and Architecture of Ireland provides an authoritative and fully illustrated account of the art and architecture of Ireland from the early Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century. Each volume has its own expert editor or editorial team and covers a specific area or chronological period. More than 250 scholars from around the world, who represent a broad range of disciplines, contribute texts that range from thematic and general essays to articles on techniques and historical developments, biographical entries, bibliographies, lists of artists, and comprehensive indexes. Historical documentation combines with the best of current scholarship to make this the most comprehensive and ambitious undertaking of its kind. The volumes explore all aspects of Irish art and architecture—from high crosses to installation art, from Georgian houses to illuminated manuscripts, from watercolors and sculptures to photographs, oil paintings, video art, and tapestries. This monumental work provides new insight into every facet of the strength, depth, and variety of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage.



Andrew Carpenter is emeritus professor of English at University College Dublin.

“A hugely impressive work . . . rest assured that it rewards leisurely perusing . . . It’s a work to dip in and out of . . . [and] a great way of preparing for a trip to Ireland.”—Sharon Ní Chonchúir, Irish America

‘Art and Architecture of Ireland is as authoritative and encyclopaedic as it claims.’—The Sunday Times.

‘The prize for publishing feat of the year in Ireland definitely goes to the five-volume history, Art and Architecture of Ireland. What Taoisech Enda Kenny described at the book launch as “the gospels of Ireland” tells the story of Ireland’s artistic and architectural heritage over the last 1,600 years. —Richard Fitzpatrick, Irish Examiner.

‘… this scholarship responds not just to the need of professionals in the visual arts for a comprehensive resource in their areas but also to the curiosity of ordinary citizens too often shut out by a hermetically sealed international arts criticism.’—Vera Kreilkamp, Irish Times.

‘There have been monographs on individual painters and aspects of architecture, but these five volumes surpass all else ever contemplated, never mind produced in Ireland.’—Deirdre Conroy, Irish Sunday Independent.