Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State, Angela Griffith, Marguerite Helmers & Róisín Kennedy (eds.), Irish Academic Press, 372pp., €29.95. Published October 2018
This beautifully designed and illustrated collection of twelve scholarly essays places the work and career of the celebrated artist Harry Clarke in the context of early-twentieth-century Irish artistic and political culture. It analyses the impact of patronage, public reception, advertising propaganda, war and memory on Clarke’s work, and will appeal to anyone interested in the arts of Ireland, and the history and development of early- to mid-twentieth-century visual and material culture.
The essays include:
• Early Twentieth Century Irish Catholic Devotional Imagery: The Honan Chapel Windows ~ Ann Wilson, Cork Institute of Technology
• ‘A gorgeous gallery of poetic pictures’: Harry Clarke, Harold Jacob and John Keats’s ‘The Eve of St Agnes’ ~ Jessica O’Donnell
• The Geneva Window: A Precious Gift, Never Given ~ Róisín Kennedy, University College Dublin
• Harry Clarke’s Natural World ~ Kelly Sullivan, NYU
• Harry Clarke and Seán Keating: Art, Inspiration and the Aran Islands ~ Eimear O’Connor
• Marketing the Elixir of Life and Re-imagining Irishness: Harry Clarke’s Illustrations for Messrs John Jameson and Sons ~ Angela Griffith, Trinity College Dublin
• Harry Clarke and the Dublin Magazine ~ Kathryn Milligan, University College Dublin
• Other Worlds in The Year’s at the Spring ~ Marguerite Helmers
• Meeting Little Red Riding Hood Again: Harry Clarke and Charles Perrault ~ Jarlath Killeen
• Illustrating Charles Algernon Swinburne ~ Elizabeth Helsinger
• Clarke Studios and the Irish Foreign Missions: Windows with ‘A Very “Irish” Look’ in Africa ~ Fiona Bateman
• Legacy and Identity: Harry Clarke, William Dowling and the Harry Clarke Studios ~ Paul Donnelly, Trinity College Dublin
Sculpta Manent. Sculptures and Reliefs from the North (c.1300-1600) by Bernard Descheemaeker, available online at www.worksofart.be
In this, Descheemaeker’s 19th catalogue, are presented thirty late Medieval and Renaissance sculptures, the majority originating in the former Netherlands and surrounding centres. Brussels, a leading artistic centre in the fifteenth century, is particularly well represented, with more than ten sculptures and altar groups, but objects from cities such as Antwerp, Louvain and Amsterdam, and the county of Flanders, also feature, together with those from Picardy, Paris, Cologne and Saxony.
This month also sees the publication of an article by Prof. Richard Marks in the Burlington Magazine (no. 1390, vol. 161), examining in detail the recent discoveries (featured in Vidimus) of medieval glass remains at Westminster Abbey.