A 16th century map of Limerick city will provide the starting point for the Hunt Museum’s winter exhibition which opens this Friday, depicting the progress of the city right through to the present day.
Dr Hugh Maguire, director of the museum, said the wealth of visual records for the city was “most significant” and especially from the sixteenth century onwards, artists and cartographers captured the strategic, economic and architectural importance of the urban area.
“Limerick was considered very much within a wider European context and later its architectural embellishment and ambition linked it with tastes in Great Britain and subsequently the scale and breadth of the British Empire,” said Dr Maguire.
“The artistic legacy of the city is one of the finest in the country and deserves to be widely known.”
Opening this Friday, November 28, the exhibition, which features a display of historic maps and paintings, will be launched by the Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, and will run until February.
The museum’s winter exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick, and serves to allow visitors a fuller awareness of the wealth of holdings both nationally and locally of Limerick through visual material from sixteenth century maps to contemporary photography.
“We can only touch on what’s available and whet the visitor’s appetite,” said Dr Maguire.
He said the available budget and the limitations of a gallery space only allow them to give “a sampling of the beautiful imagery held in the region itself and in national collections including the National Library of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland.”
The exhibition especially celebrates the Norton, Leonard, MacAnally and Lysaght collections in sister institution the Glucksman Library at UL, with whom the Hunt is sharing this exhibition.
The exhibition is open daily and admission is free.
The National Self-Portrait Collection is also exhibiting in the Hunt until Wednesday, December 31.