Pat McDonnell Paints sponsor the renewal of the Sculpture Galleries at the Crawford Art Gallery
Pat McDonnell Paints are delighted to sponsor the renewal of the Sculpture Galleries at the Crawford Art Gallery.
On February 15th Crawford Art Gallery unveiled its renewed Sculpture Galleries to celebrate the works that began its collection 200 years ago.
The Canova Casts, a series of sculptures, were a gift to the City 200 years ago and now the much loved Sculpture Gallery where they are displayed, will be transformed. Work is underway on a contemporary colour scheme, revised display and new visitor interpretation to meet the demands of today’s audiences.
The Canova Casts, representing some of the finest masterpieces from the Vatican collection, will be on show in the space which has been painted a striking shade of blue in a project sponsored by Pat McDonnell Paints.
Curator of the exhibition, Dr Michael Waldron says: “We wanted to make a contemporary statement. It took us a while to arrive at the right tone with our colour consultants because we didn’t want it to feel sombre or traditional.
“We didn’t want it to be overwhelming either so we settled on this really beautiful colour. It’s blue but there’s a definite hint of yellow/green and in certain sunlight, it just glows.”
Mary McCarthy, Director of Crawford Art Gallery invites the public “to visit and experience the works in their renewed setting. The works continue to be an inspiration and are a source of wonder. The exciting changes to the gallery space and the re presentation of the works is in line with the current international revival of interest in sculpture casts, as seen by the recent reopening of the Cast Courts at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Cork is a significant part of that international story”.
Since the arrival of the Casts in Cork some of Irelands most prominent artists have benefited from studying and drawing them as students, from Daniel Maclise to Seamus Murphy to Dorothy Cross. In recent years, the casts have benefited from essential conservation treatment supported by the Heritage Council.
From pope to prince to the port of Cork, the Canova Casts have a rich and storied history. Born out of the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, the Canova Casts were a gift to the Prince regent of the time who in turn, gifted them to the people of Cork . The Casts are therefore both artistically significant and a curious footnote to international history.
Curator of the Exhibition Dr. Michael Waldron feels “ It is timely, at their bicentenary, to look upon the Canova Casts anew, to reconsider their vital history and legacy as a generative force in the arts, and to reveal the rich stories that surround the figures they depict and the people they have inspired”.
Crawford Art Gallery, as one of the oldest collecting institutions in Ireland, is committed to presenting and caring for its national collection for this and future generations, and continue to conserve the works in the collection. On this occasion Pat Mc Donnell Paints are supporting the refurbishment of the Sculpture Galleries which will be unveiled to the public on the 16th of February.