The Cross of Cong: A Masterpiece of Medieval Irish Art

Griffin Murray
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This is the first detailed study of the Cross of Cong, one of Ireland’s foremost national treasures, and a major piece of medieval metalwork.

Made to enshrine a relic of Christ’s Cross in the early twelfth century under the patronage of the high king Turlough O’Connor, the Cross of Cong was one of the most important reliquaries in medieval Ireland. This book explores the political, religious, cultural and artistic background to its creation, arguing that its production was motivated as much by politics, both secular and ecclesiastical, as it was by religious devotion.

In a unique exploration, Griffin Murray also examines the modern history of the Cross from the seventeenth century to today, describing its important position in the history of Irish national collections and its impact on the Gaelic Revival. With surprising and noteworthy revelations on the hidden secrets of recent x-ray examinations and new research on the origins of the Cross, this book is an indispensable study of this national treasure.

Chapter 1 – Rediscovery, Acquisition, and Study: From Country Cottage to Cultural Icon

Chapter 2 – Turlough O’Connor, Tuam and the True Cross

Chapter 3 – Description and Analysis

Chapter 4 – Making the Cross: The Master-Craftsman and his Techniques

Chapter 5 – Tradition and Influence: The Style of the Cross of Cong

Chapter 6 – The Meaning of the Cross of Cong

Chapter 7 – The Significance of the Cross of Cong: Identity, Workshops, and Relics Catalogue of Ecclesiastical Objects Produced by the Cross of Cong Workshop

Appendix 1 – XRF analysis of the central plate of the Cross of Cong ~ Paul Mullarkey

Appendix 2 –Remedial conservation work on the Cross of Cong ~ Paul Mullarkey

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ISBN/EAN 9780716532743
Author Griffin Murray
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 27 Oct 2014
Format Hardback
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