Transition year, international and two sixth year art students from Patrician Presentation Secondary School Fethard took part in a recent art history trip to Dublin.
The first stop was Trinity College to view the Book of Kells – a lavishly illustrated copy of the four gospels in Latin – one of our greatest treasures. This was followed by a visit to the Trinity College Library and ‘Long Room’, which, at nearly 65 meters in length, contains 200,000 of the library’s oldest books.
Our next stop was the National Museum on Kildare Street, where included in an exhibition on Medieval Ireland, Fethard’s three wooden statues dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, are on display with other principle reliquaries and pieces of art from the Late Middle Ages.
Students then visited The National Gallery on Merion Square where the exhibition ‘Lines of Vision: Irish Writers at the National Gallery’, has just been opened. In this exhibition fifty-six Irish writers have selected a picture from the collection and used it to explore ideas about art, love, loss, dreams, memory, places and privacy.
In Collins Barracks students viewed ‘Beyond Pebbledash’ in the central square – a construction of a typical pebble dash house, life size scale 1:1, and familiar as a typical piece of domestic architecture intended to provoke questions on the nature of, ‘What have we built?’ and ‘Why have we built it here?’ The house includes a steel skeletal frame to replicate its walls, stairs, internal doors, chimney and roof. Also in Collins Barracks on display in its silver collection is a silver ‘Mace’ from Fethard.