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The Fig Reveal

Crawford Art Gallery

The Fig Reveal


17 - 21 & 24 - 28 June


Crawford Art Gallery

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In conversation: Eoghan Daltun & Dr Michael Waldron: 1pm, 20 June

The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf really brings its modesty under suspicion.’ Mark Twain

Over the course of two weeks, sculpture conservator Eoghan Daltun will remove the fig-leaves from six male figures in our collection of Canova Casts: Adonis, Apollo Belvedere, Laocoon and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso. It is thought that these were added in Cork after 1818. Fig leaves have often been used to conceal nudity in art, referring to Adam and Eve’s use of them to cover their modesty. As such, their removal will restore our casts to their original condition. After the ‘fig’ reveal, the plaster leaves will be retained and placed on display separately.

Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Full wheelchair access via a ramp and bathroom on site. Lift to upper floors. Full access for visually Impaired, guide dogs welcome.