French Art Historian Francoise Henry was one of the most important 20th century historians of Irish Art. In 1937, she visited the island of Inishkea North ( Co. Mayo) in advance of excavations in search of early medieval remains. She found cross slabs and enough evidence to return the follwoing year and again in 1946 and 1950. She kept technical notes on the archaeological material, but also personal journals recording her observations on the natural world, native culture around the area of Blacksod Bay and the exigencies of working on a remote island where supplies and communications were primarily conveyed by currach. In the edited translation of Henry's journals, readers will delight in her evocative descriptions of the environment while being entertained by the awkward attempts to understand the islanders she employed. Her photographs - many of which are reproduced for the first time- serve as a charming reminder of this bygone world.
Francoise Henry taught the history of European painting at UCD for over 40 years, while pursuing archaeological investigations of early medieval material in Ireland and Britian on the Continent.
Janet Marquardt is an art historian studying the historiography of medieval art, and a professor at Eastern Illinois University. She is also the author of 'From Martyr ti Monument: The Abbey of Cluny as cultural patrimony (2007).
The Inishkea Journals (Paperback)
- Publisher: Janet T. Marquardt
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