Frank Prendergast Talk

Light and Shadows in Culture Across the Ages

Lismore Castle Arts

25 Nov, 2022

25 Nov, 2022

Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford

7pm

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Join Dr Frank Prendergast, Emeritus Research Fellow at the College of Engineering & Built Environment, Technological University Dublin for a fascinating talk tracing the phenomena of light throughout the ages, as recorded historically in art, architecture and artefacts.

The contrast between daylight and darkness is a primal natural cycle fundamentally linked to the predictable appearance and disappearance of the sun and moon each day. This makes the alternation of light and darkness among the first phenomena ever observed by humans. Over millennia, the human psyche has variously categorised these opposites as good and evil, hope and despair, life and death. Not surprisingly then, light and darkness has shaped our art, mythologies, cosmologies and belief systems across all cultures and time. In this richly illustrated talk, Frank brings his interdisciplinary background in the sciences and archaeology to bear on this intriguing topic.

The talk will conclude with a presentation of the spectacular solar illumination and shadow casting at the prehistoric mega-tombs of Newgrange and Knowth in the Boyne Valley - arguably the finest examples of such prehistoric cultural manifestations in northwest Europe.

Tickets €12, refreshments included. Friends Scheme Members €8.

Location: Lismore Castle Pugin Hall - entrance via main castle avenue. Parking is available in Lismore town car park and limited parking available on the castle avenue.

Book online https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/frank-prendergast-talk-light-and-shadows-in-antiquity-tickets-425112963317

For more info call: 058 54061.

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