The Chester Beatty Library, now known as the Chester Beatty, is a museum and library in Dublin. It was established in Ireland in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The present museum, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, opened on 7 February 2000, the 125th anniversary of Beatty's birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002.
|Location||Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 D02 AD92|
|Type||Art Museum, Library, Visitor Attraction|
|Key holdings||Chester Beatty Papyri|
|Collections||East Asian, Islamic, Western|
|Collection size||approx 25,000|
|Founder||Sir Alfred Chester Beatty|
|Public transit access||Luas, Dublin Bus, DART|
The museum's collections are displayed in two galleries: "Sacred Traditions" and "Arts of the Book". Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Persian, Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The Chester Beatty is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Western, Islamic and East & South East Asian artefacts. The museum also offers numerous temporary exhibitions, many of which include works of art on loan from foreign institutions and collections. The museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.
The Western Collection houses many illuminated manuscripts, rare books and Old Master prints and drawings. With biblical texts written in Armenian, Church Slavonic, Coptic, Ge’ez, Greek, Latin and Syriac, the collection’s Christian material comes from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds. The papyrus codices in the Chester Beatty include Papyrus 45 and Papyrus 46 among others which are some of the earliest surviving Christian artefacts in the world. In addition, a significant proportion of the rare printed books and prints are also Christian in focus. The collection of papyri is one of the most extensive in the world and includes almost the entire corpus of Ancient Egyptian Love Songs.
The Islamic Collection is divided between the Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Qur'an and Mughal-Era Indian Collections. The Arabic texts include treatises on religion, history, jurisprudence, medicine, geography, mathematics, astronomy and linguistics. Some of the finest miniatures from imperial Mughal albums, called Muraqqa', are housed in the Chester Beatty Library, with important paintings from the Late Shah Jahan Album and the Minto Album. The albums were the subject of an exhibition and publication by the Islamic curator, Dr Elaine Wright, Muraqqa': Imperial Albums of the Chester Beatty Library. Often on display is the Ibn al-Bawwab Qur'an, copied by one of the greatest medieval Islamic calligraphers.
East Asian CollectionsEdit
The East Asian Collection has one of the most extensive collections of carved snuff bottles, many of which were included in the catalogue, The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin: Chinese Snuff Bottles. It also has Japanese art, including a pair of long picture-scrolls painted in the 17th century by Kanō Sansetsu.
Biblical papyri collectionEdit
Court amusements and ceremonies. Myanmar, 19th century
Egyptian Papyrus collectionEdit
Gospels of Matthew and Mark in Geʽez. 18th century
Indian (non-Mughal) collectionEdit
Two folios from the Blue Quran
The Tales of Ise (Ise monogatari). Manuscript from the late 16th century
17th century manuscript of the Ōeyama Emaki.
17th century manuscript of The Tale of Genji
Eleventh month (Jūichi gatsu). Woodblock print from the series Twelve months of the southern quarter (Minami jūni ko) by Torii Kiyonaga, c. 1783
Manuscript of the Futuh al-Haramayn. Mecca, late 16th-century
Western Miscellaneous collectionEdit
Western Prints and Drawings collectionEdit
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- Official website
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