Statues - Hither & Thither

Ireland
Galway - Gaillimh
Galway - Gaillimh

Earl's Island
(Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas)

Sculptures at Galway Cathedral

Imogen Stuart & Domhnall Ó Murchadha
1965

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Description

The main north façade of the cathedral shows three (sets of) sculptures:

  1. Statue of the Blessed Virgin, sculpted by Imogen Stuart.
    Saint Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ (Wikipedia).
  2. Stone reliefs in the tympanums, sculpted by Domhnall O'Murchada.
    Each tympanum represents a sacrament, from left to right: Baptism, Matrimony and Ordination.

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  3. Bronze doors with reliefs, sculpted by Imogen Stuart.
    Each of the doors shows a series of bronze plaques representing events of Jesus's life and the first days of the Church.
    1. Left doors, panels showing the mercy and welcome which Jesus has for sinners who come to his house.
      • Left: the Prodigal Son.
      • Upper right: the Samaritan woman at the well.
      • Lower right: Mary Magdalene.
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    2. Central doors, panels showing the power of God to calm the storms of the human heart and to strenghten our weakness.
      • Left: the curing of a paralytic.
      • Upper right: the calming of the storm.
      • Lower right: the curing of the blind man.
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    3. Right doors, panels reminding of the power that Christ gave to his Church: to believe, to preach and to die for him.
      • Left: the first martyr of the Church, St. Stephen.
      • Upper right: the commission to St. Peter to rule the flock of Christ.
      • Lower right: the appearance of Christ to the doubting St. Thomas.
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    Each of the doors is dedicated at the plinth:

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Biblical figure
  • Façade with statues (church)
  • Mary Magdalene, St.
  • Mary with Child
  • Matrimony
  • Ó Murchadha, Domhnall
  • Ordination
  • Peter, St.
  • Prodigal Son (Parable)
  • Stephen, St.
  • Stuart, Imogen
  • Thomas, St.
  • Location (N 53°16'32" - W 9°3'28")

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    Item Code: ie278; Photograph: 19 June 2014
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