Scholar in Focus: Françoise Henry (1902-82)

  • Friday, 2 June 2017.  Royal Irish Academy, No. 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Registration: 9:30-10:00
  • Registration fee: €10/€5 concession (Payable at symposium registration desk).
  • Booking: OR phone Carla Briggs at 01-7168403

This conference celebrates eminent art historian and archaeologist Françoise Henry. An outstanding scholar, with a far reaching international reputation, of Irish art from Early Christian to the Late Medieval period, Françoise Henry was responsible for establishing the discipline of Art History at undergraduate and postgraduate level at UCD, the teaching of which began in 1965.


Morning session: Chair, Lynda Mulvin, Art History, UCD

  • 10:00 Welcome and Chair’s Introduction

  • 10:10 Eileen Kane, Art History, UCD: Introducing Françoise Henry

  • 10:45 Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Art History, UCD: Henri Focillon and French Formalism

11:15-11:45 Tea and coffee

  • 11:45 Laurent Olivier, Museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye: Françoise Henry at the National Museum of Archaeology in Saint-Germain-en-Laye: a Queen without a Castle?

  • 12:30 Q&A

1:00-2:00 Sandwich lunch provided. A selection of Françoise Henry’s manuscripts will be on view in RIA library.

Afternoon session: Chair, Muiris O’Sullivan, Archaeology, UCD

  • 2:00 Chair’s Introduction

  • 2:10 John O’Grady, Art History, UCD: Françoise Henry and UCD: Mademoiselle – person to person

  • 2:45 Peter Harbison, MRIA: An overview of Françoise Henry’s publications on early Irish art

3:30-4:00 Tea and coffee

  • 4:00 Janet Marquardt, Eastern Illinois University: The Zodiaque Series on Romanesque Art & the influence of Françoise Henry’s contributions 1963-64

  • 5:00 Q&A and Conclusion

5:30 The French Embassy kindly invites all in attendance to a reception at the Alliance Française, No. 1 Kildare Street, where a room will be named in honour of Françoise Henry.


The UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy would like to acknowledge generous funding from the French Embassy and the UCD College of Arts and Humanities. We wish also to thank the Royal Irish Academy for hosting this event  and for permission to reproduce the portrait of Françoise Henry by Vera Klute.‌