Art Trip

In January of this year the 5th and 6th year art students, accompanied by Ms. Madden, set off for Dublin for our annual Art Gallery tour.  This year, instead of the National Gallery, we went to Collins Barracks Museum to view the Celtic High Crosses exhibition.  The building, formally an army barracks, has a great sense of history and is worth a visit in its own right.

Collins Barracks Museum

Armed with our worksheets we entered the darkened exhibition space.  Despite having researched the exhibition on the internet and in books first, we weren’t prepared for the sheer size and sense of drama these spot lit works of art imposed.

The centrepiece was a spectacular 6.5 metre high tall cross from Monasterboice Co Laois.  It was accompanied by five others, showing the most significant stages in high cross development of the Early Christian period.  In this exhibition we could examine these replicas and compare them with the decoration applied to metalwork and manuscripts of the period.

Celtic High Crosses

It took us about an hour to complete our work sheets and take detailed sketches before we retired for lunch in the museum café.  To see the remarkable carvings up close put us within reach of our ancestors and gave us a renewed appreciation of their craftsmanship.  It also made writing up our essays for the appreciation section of our Leaving Cert Art paper easier!  Let’s hope it pays off in June!