Ireland on Show: Art, Union, and Nationhood

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2012 - Art - 206 pages
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Ireland on Show analyses the impact of the display of art as a significant political and cultural feature in the make-up of nineteenth-century Ireland-and in how Ireland was viewed beyond its own shores, in particular in Great Britain and the United States. This study moves beyond museums, to address the range of art institutions in Irish cities that displayed art, from the Royal Hibernian Academy, founded in the 1820s, to Hugh Lane's Municipal Art Gallery, opened in Dublin in 1908. By highlighting the tension between unionist and nationalist viewpoints, Cullen uses the display of art to investigate the complexities of Irish cultural life before the founding of the Free State.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Art Institutions in Ireland
31
Union and Display in Ireland
55
Displaying Distress
87
Ireland in America
125
Displaying the Modern
153
Afterword
173
Index
197
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Fintan Cullen is Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham. Previous books include Conquering England. Ireland in Victorian London (with R.F. Foster, 2005) and The Irish Face. Redefining the Irish Portrait (2004).

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