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Judith gathers moss

23 May

Inside Dublin stands the finest 17th-century building in Ireland – The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.  The hospital was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for over 250 years.   It is now used as a Conference Center and as the home of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Imagine strolling the formal landscaped gardens and tree lined avenues – laid out in the French style with plants, sculpture and furniture similar to those in vogue at the time the Hospital was built.   Hear the gravel softly crunch beneath your feet as you peer down a long walkway …

Unknown, statue of Judith, c. 1684, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland

… and at the end you meet Judith, clutching a severed head and wearing a beard of moss.   How hoary.

Unknown, statue of Judith, c. 1684, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Gory

 

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