Críost faoi Dhólás

13 Sep
Críost faoi Dhólás Christ in Sorrows

Críost faoi Dhólás
Christ in Sorrows

Pain. Suffering. Sadness. These are all adjectives that can be used to describe the piece of artwork, Christ in Sorrows, found in the Irish National Museum. When one approaches this artwork, the lack of colors draws their eyes in towards it. Right away, one can tell that this is a very old piece of artwork, ancient to say the least. In this piece, Christ looks beat. His hands are bounds by rope, he is wearing a crown of thorns and he is dismally looking down at the ground. Defeat is the subject matter of this artwork.
When I approached this exhibit, I felt a sense of respect in the air. People exploring the exhibit were quieter and more mindful of what was around them. Christianity has always been a major part of Irish life. This is made evident in this museum by its extensive collection of religious artifacts ranging from full size statues of religious figures to some of the first crucifixes found in Ireland.
Religion has also been controversial for Ireland. There have been many fights between the Catholics and Protestants of the island. In some cases, religion became an excuse for bloodshed instead of prayer. Despite the horrible things that happened, the people were able to pull through. Recently, there has been no unnecessary bloodshed. Things have become more peaceful.
Even though this art is from a past generation, it tells a story that can relate to today’s Ireland. This artwork, and many of the other pieces around it, speaks to the Irish people’s nature of resiliency. In most of the religious pieces, defeat appears to be the overarching theme. The figures depicted in these works all appear to be in a depressed, defeated looking state. Just like how these figures look sad, there will be sad times in this country. The current problem affecting Ireland is the state of the economy. Prices are inflated, wages are not increasing and jobs are hard to find. Despite these factors, the Irish know how to prevail over this. They have overcome great obstacles before and have come out a greater more unified country because of it.
Walking out of the Irish National Museum, I felt that I had a better understanding of where the country itself has come from and where it is going. I understood that this country has deep roots that stem from a religious background that has lead to many positive and negative events. I understood that this country has been around for a long time and many different people have inhabited and controlled its borders throughout the years. Most importantly though, I came to understand where the Irish sense of resiliency came from. Christ in Sorrows was able to show me all of this.

-Scott Schmidt

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