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Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College

Thomas Kirk
1853

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath /  Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College   Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath /  Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College

Description

The Campanile of Trinity College, Dublin is a bell tower and one of its most iconic landmarks. Donated by then Archbishop of Armagh, Lord John Beresford it was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, sculpted by Thomas Kirk and finished in 1853. The base has paired rusticated Doric pilasters with portland entablature blocks. Between each pillar of the base are four round-headed arches, and each archway has a keystone. These keystones each have detailed carved heads, which depict Homer, Socrates, Plato and Demosthenes - representing the liberal arts.

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Homer
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Socrates
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Plato
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Demosthenes

Before the belfry, is a stepped circular base made of granite. At the corners of the campanile, seated and supported by this circular base are the Higher Faculties represented in four deceptive figures of Divinity, Science, Medicine and Law sculpted from portland stone.

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Divinity
with a cross
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Science
with a staff
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Medicine
with a writing tablet
Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College
Law
with a fasces

Dublin - Baile Átha Cliath / Sculptures at the Campanile of Trinity College

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Demosthenes
  • Divinity
  • Homer
  • Kirk, Thomas
  • Law (allegory)
  • Medicine
  • Plato
  • Science (allegorical figure)
  • Socrates
  • Location (N 53°20'39" - W 6°15'26")

    Item Code: ie048; Photograph: 10 June 2014
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