In this new four-part radio series on RTÉ lyric fm, art critic Cristín Leach explores how ideas of Ireland and Irish identity have been visually represented over three hundred years - listen to the second episode above...

In the second episode, Cristin onsiders the politics of fine art during the Famine and land wars, and explores how illustrations portrayed the Irish as savage to justify conquest - but how one 19th century artist illustrated the Irish as a future nation, not a subject people. 

Ireland Portrayed runs from 21st June - 12th July on The Lyric Feature on RTÉ lyric fm, Sundays at 6pm.