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Chester Beatty Annual Lecture 2018


The Library is planning a year of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty’s death and the donation of his incredible collection to the nation. With this anniversary in mind, the Library has invited Inge Reist (Director of The Frick Collection's Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library) to present the Annual Lecture on Wednesday 7 February 2018 at 6pm in the Conference Centre at Dublin Castle.

Born and raised in New York, Beatty returned to live and work there from around 1907 to 1912. At that time he moved to London although he retained his home at 16 East 73rd Street until 1917 and returned at least once a year to the US. The theme of Inge’s talk will be ‘Collecting in the Gilded Age’ placing Chester Beatty’s early life and collecting in context.


To attend, please email rsvp@cbl.ie 


Evening course with Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty


Before the French Revolution, much of the most innovative art and architecture in Europe and Asia was produced in and for major, and even rather minor, courts.  From London to Kyoto courts sponsored architecture supported political power, and painting, sculpture, furnishings and clothing sustained the impression of their magnificence. Focusing on Eleanor de Medici, Shah Abbas II of Iran, Shah Jahan of India, and the Prince Bishops of the German city of Würzburg, this series of four lectures will explore the art, much of it in Dublin collections, and the people who made it possible.


Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin, a trustee of the Chester Beatty Library, a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a member of the board of the National Museum. In 2015 and again in 2016 she was the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at the Yale School of Architecture.


Wednesday 14th February at 6pm - Lavinia Fontana's “Visit of the Queen of Sheba” in the National Gallery

Wednesday 21st February at 6pm - Safavid Isfahan

Wednesday 28th February at 6pm - Mughal Delhi

Wednesday 7th March at 6pmWürzburg, Germany


Cost: €50 per person
Book here or call (01)4070762


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The next newsletter which will cover the period March-August will be sent out to Friends in late February. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact Caroline at: cohora@cbl.ie

Refund Policy- Friends Events:
The Chester Beatty Library reserves the right to cancel any event which is under-subscribed or rendered impossible due to circumstances beyond our control, in which case ticket holders will receive a full refund. 
We regret that refunds cannot be issued for events where the ticket price is €15 or less. For events where the ticket price is over €15, refunds will be given less an administrative fee of 20% when the place is cancelled seven days before the event.