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Rural Ireland: The Inside Story

by Vera Kreilkamp Mcmullen Museum Of Art, Boston College
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Pbk 300 pages
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Rural Ireland: The Inside Story is the amply illustrated catalog of the McMullen Museum of Art and Atilde;s 2012 exhibition of Irish paintings and rural artifacts. Exploring the relationship between Ireland and Atilde;s visual arts and cultural history during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, fifteen contributors and mdash;including museum curators, art historians, social and cultural historians, literary critics, a historical archaeologist, and a folklorist and mdash;examine the paintings and artifacts of the country and Atilde;s rural interiors, many of them only recently discovered. A multidisciplinary approach reveals how economically marginalized tenant families arranged their homes, produced textiles and food, purchased goods, conducted business, worshipped, mourned, entertained, and educated themselves. This wide-ranging volume builds on the growing historical and literary exploration of material culture, and it provides new insight into the power of physical objects to offering deeper understanding of their owners and Atilde; lives. A visually stunning and profoundly informative collection, Rural Ireland The Inside Story is an important resource for anyone interested in the visual arts and their ability to illuminate the human condition.
Vera Kreilkamp is professor of Irish studies at Boston College, coeditor of Eire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies, and the author of The Anglo-Irish Novel and the Big House. She has edited two previous McMullen Museum exhibition catalogs of Irish art: Eire/Land, and America's Eye: Irish Painting from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, with Adele Dalsimer.