Heavenly Visions in Cork: William Burges, Harry Clarke and Seamus Murphy

Saturday, 8 May 2021, 11.30


Join us for a fascinating lecture in partnership with Cork Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Dr Ann Wilson, entitled “Heavenly Visions in Cork: William Burges, Harry Clarke and Seamus Murphy”.

This presentation will examine aspects of St Finbarre’s Cathedral, the Honan Chapel in UCC and the sculpture of Seamus Murphy, looking at various factors, religious, historical, artistic and social, that resulted in them looking like they do. Architects, artists and patrons usually have particular ideas in mind, important to them, when they design or commission a work, but, for many reasons, these can be considerably modified in the finished piece. The meaning of a work therefore changes during the process of its creation, but also continues to change afterwards as new audiences interact with it.

Dr Ann Wilson lectures in Visual Culture in the Media Communications department in Cork Institute of Technology. She has written extensively on the imagery and decoration of neo-Gothic Irish churches, especially St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh and St Finbarr’s Cathedral in Cork. Her current research interests focus mainly on the representational and communicative functions of popular imagery in early twentieth-century Ireland, and she is writing a book on the picture postcard phenomenon in Edwardian Ireland.

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