Visual Archive of Gothic Architecture and Sculpture in Ireland
Gothic Past is an open-access resource for the study of medieval Irish architecture and sculpture. It is part of a research project in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin and is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) ...more
Professor Edwin C. Rae was Professor of the History of Art at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. From 1945 to 1947, Rae was Chief of Monuments, in the Fine Arts and Archives section of the United States Army of Occupation in Bavaria, Germany. He was responsible for returning thousands of art objects that had been looted by Nazi forces in conquered countries to their owners.
The subject of his Harvard Ph.D dissertation was the Architecture of Medieval Ireland and in the later years of his career he published a number of important articles on the subject, all illustrated with photographs from this collection. In 2001 Prof. Rae donated his photographs to the History of Art Department at TCD. Since 2003 they have been administered by the Irish Art Research Centre (TRIARC) as part of their larger archive of Irish art.
The collection of photographs, which date to c.1930-1970 are focussed principally on Irish Later Medieval (c.1250-1600AD) tomb sculpture, wayside crosses, architecture and architectural detailing. Monuments from nearly all counties, including the North of Ireland are represented, and there is a small collection of comparative material from England and France. Holdings are particularly significant for counties Kilkenny and Dublin, areas which formed the focus of a number of Rae’s publications. The collection includes material in state-, church- and privately-owned monuments as well as some museum material.
The effect of the Suppression of Religious Houses Act, initiated in 1535 by King Henry VIII, saw widespread destruction of monastic architectural heritage. By the end of the decade the some 800 religious houses were under Crown control and their assets had been redistributed. This exhibit contains selected images from the Gothic Past archive of Irish Cistercian and Augustinian architecture from the period. Browse the individual collections by keyword or tag search for more examples.
- Animal sculpture
- Capitals (Architecture)
- County Kilkenny
- Decoration and ornament
- Ecclesiastical architecture
- Funerary monuments
- Medieval - Ireland
- Sepulchral monuments
- Sepulchral slabs
- Stone Carving
- figure sculpture
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