Trinity College Dublin Library
Visual Art Treasures
Among the library's great collection of literary and visual art from Ireland, are manuscripts dating from the thirteenth century BCE - over 240 manuscripts in Irish including the famous Book of Leinster. Also collated are third century BCE Egyptian papyrus scrolls, unique medieval Gospel manuscripts, as well as rare writings and notebooks by authors such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett. In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, notably used on the Irish Euro coins.
Book of Kells
Located in the Old Library, Trinity College's most famous treasure is the Book of Kells (c.800), one of the best surviving illuminated manuscripts in the Hiberno-Saxon style of Insular art. Considered to be one of the finest works of early Christian art, it marks the third step (after the Newgrange engravings, and the ornamental gold objects of Irish Bronze Age Art) in the history of Irish art. Other examples of monastic Irish art at TCD include: the Book of Durrow (c.670) and the Book of Dimma (c.625) which, while earlier, are much less spectacular than the Book of Kells.
Visual Archive and Digital Art
Central to TCD's digital archive is the Crookshank-Glin Collection which was gifted to the library by Anne Crookshank, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, and Desmond FitzGerald the Knight of Glin. Incorporating a collection of 45,000 photographic images, correspondence, as well as notebooks and exhibition catalogues, it forms the most extensive image collection of Irish painting anywhere in the world.
Douglas Hyde Gallery
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, part of the Trinity College Campus, has no permanent collection but prefers to change exhibitions regularly to reflect contemporary art. They focus on emerging Irish and foreign artists. 2010 exhibitors include Stephen Shore, Dana Schutz and Jockum Nordstrom. The Gallery also hosts small exhibitions of ethnographic and craft artifacts in Gallery 2: exhibitors include Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and the American modernist Agnes Martin.
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