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Distributed for McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College


From its earliest history, Ireland has been contested land, claimed by waves of invaders, each attempting to inscribe and possess the island territory. The éire/Land exhibition, to be held at the McMullen Museum from February to May 2003, is the first major art exhibition to examine this theme. From medieval topographical surveys and Celtic artifacts to nineteenth-century landscapes and the expressionist art of the present day, éire/Land collects pieces that collectively reveal Ireland’s contested past—including works by Dierdre O’Mahony, Jack Butler Yeats, Sean Keating, and architect Brian Tolle. Drawing on original research by prominent international scholars and by the largest and most distinguished Irish studies faculty in North America, this catalog relates those works and artifacts to new scholarship in a variety of disciplines, lending Ireland’s visual history the cultural, historical, and political context it deserves.

Read about this exhibit on the McMullen Museum website.

225 pages | 100 color plates | 9 x 11 | © 2003


Art: Art--General Studies, European Art

Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography

Table of Contents

Editor’s Dedication
Vera Kreilkamp
Director’s Preface
Nancy Netzer
Seamus Heaney
Marjorie Howes and Kevin O’Neill
The Turn to the Map: Cartographic Fictions in Irish Culture
Claire Connolly
Making and Remaking the Irish Landscape in the Early Middle Ages
Robin Fleming
Shaping and Mis-shaping: Visual Impressions of Ireland in Illuminated Manuscripts
Michelle P. Brown
Art/Full Ground: Unearthing an Early Medieval Golden Age for Ireland
Nancy Netzer
Sacred Landscapes and Ancient Rituals: Two Watercolors by George Petrie
Pamela Berger
Observing Irish Romantic Landscape Painting
Katherine Nahum
Painting Mayo’s Landscape: The Big House, the Pleasure Grounds, and the Mills
Vera Kreilkamp
Visualizing the Famine in County Mayo
Margaret Preston
"The Land for the People": Post-Famine Images of Eviction
L. Perry Curtis
"The soil of Ireland for the people of Ireland": The Politics of Land in Irish Visual Imagery 1850-1936
Robert Savage
Painting the West: The Role of Landscape in Irish Identity
Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch
Responding Today
Exploring Place and Artistic Practice in Northern Mayo
Alston Conley
The Art of Dinnseanchas. Excavating the Storied Past of Place
Lisabeth Buchelt
Responding Today: Dis/Location and the Land
Kate Costello-Sullivan
Contemporary Encounters with Irish Landscape
Robin Lydenberg
Works in the Exhibition
Responding Today
Contributors to the Catalogue

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