Irish Art – clues to ancient Irish cultures and beliefs

Throughout the centuries, generations of inhabitants of Ireland have left art behind. These remains can tell us a great deal about the cultures that lived in Ireland in times gone by.
Irish Art - clues to ancient Irish cultures and beliefs
Irish art historyHistory of art – Ireland has a long and rich artistic heritage, some artworks are over 5,000 years old, making them older than the Pyramids in Egypt.

Roman Irish artRoman influence on Irish art – Roman influence found its way into Irish art thanks to the Roman British

Viking Irish artVikings – destroyers and creators of Irish art – In the 9th century the Vikings burned much cherished art, but 100 years later they had settled and were helping to create it.

Ogham artOgham symbolsOgham is an ancient form of Irish writing. It is at least 1,700 years old.

Book of KellsThe Book of Kells – is Ireland’s most treasured artifact. The religious manuscript is beautifully decorated and is believed to be about 1,200 years old.


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