Sunday February 23, 2020

'Every single object is of rare, superb quality'

Hailed in his time as ‘one of the world’s great collectors’, Chester Beatty left his significant collection of ancient and world art to the Irish state, where it is now lovingly cared for by art historian Fionnuala Croke

18th February, 2018
Fionnuala Croke, director of the Chester Beatty Library

Lonely Planet describes it as one of the best museums in Europe. The Chester Beatty Library houses one of the world’s finest art collections, sits in the grounds of Dublin Castle and was bequeathed to the people of Ireland by Beatty. This year, it is marking the 50th anniversary of Chester Beatty’s death.

From the world’s finest collection of Chinese jade, to the second-oldest biblical fragment ever found, not forgetting the...

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