Introduction to Art in Ireland: Exploring Ireland’s Vibrant Artistic Heritage from Prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’ of the 8th Century AD

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Art in Ireland: Exploring Ireland’s Vibrant Artistic Heritage from Prehistory to the ‘Golden Age’ of the 8th Century AD

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Art History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This course cannot be taken at the same time as SU405 Irish Society.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    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.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

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