The third lecture of the 2019/2020 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be held on Friday 15 November. The venue is the upstairs gallery of Brechin Town House Museum in the High Street.
Professor Jane Geddes will consider “Those other stones at St Andrews Cathedral: 90 silent witnesses to a dark period”.
The collection of Pictish stones at St Andrews Cathedral is the second-largest assemblage of Early Medieval sculpture in Scotland, exceeded in size only by the collection on Iona. The St Andrews Sarcophagus is the centrepiece of the display and for good reason– it is one of the great pieces of Early Medieval art in Europe.
In addition to the Sarcophagus there are about 90 early Christian stones in the Cathedral Museum. Probably made from the 9th to 11th centuries, they provide rich evidence to the Christian community at St Andrews, from a period with very little documentary evidence. They are mainly grave markers with a distinct local style, testimony to a united artistic outlook, but among the fragments are exceptions which hint at wider connections and different functions. This preliminary analysis is part of a programme by Historic Environment Scotland to eventually display and explain the treasures of St Andrews in a more dynamic manner.
Jane Geddes is Emerita Professor of History of Art at Aberdeen University. She produced the book ‘Hunting Picts’ about the stone collection at St Vigeans, has recently worked on the Early Christian stones at Tullich Church on Deeside, and directed the production of Buildings of Scotland, volumes for Aberdeenshire. She is currently working with HES on the stone collection at St Andrews Cathedral.
Doors open at Brechin Town House Museum at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the talks which are £1 to members and £3.00 to non-members. All are welcome.
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