The Visual Story of Ireland

The Visual Story of Ireland (1640-1940)

The aim of the course is to explore and examine a selection of the paintings that are held in our national collection of art under various themes; to re-engage with the nation’s political and cultural history through their visual representation; to understand how Irish art production was compromised by the same historical and political events and to become familiar with some of the nation’s finest artists.

The course runs for 6 weeks.  Each week a different theme will be explored through the examination of different paintings – giving an overview of the artist, the painting’s style and composition, the context of the painting and its role in the visualizing of Irish political, cultural and social history.

Week 1 – Politics and its Role in Irish art Production

Week 2 – Home & Away: Irish artists and their influencers

Week 3 – 19th Century Irish Genre

Week 4 – Land Issues in Irish Art

Week 5 – Celtic Revival and the Yeats family

Week 6 – Irish Women Artists /Arrival of Modernism

Each class starts at 7.30pm, and you can jump on board for the full six weeks for just €100, or hop on board for a single class, at €20. 

Rosemarie Devereux is a freelance art historian from Greystones. She has a BA and Masters in Art History from UCD.Over the past few years has published 2 articles in the Irish Arts Review; facilitated 2 Irish art modules in UCD; presented The Visual Story of Ireland at the Whale theatre in 2019 and ran a series of art history courses online through Covid.She is currently a volunteer and a guide at the NGI. 

This autumn she will be giving a new course on European art history to be held in the Whale Theatre as well as a repeat of last year’s Irish art history course.  

Rosemarie is contactable by emailing or calling 0876137578. 

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