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The Fig Reveal
17–21 & 24–28 June 2019
The Fig Reveal
17–21 & 24–28 June 2019

Conservation work and unveiling

 'In Conversation' : Thursday 20th June 1pm - Join conservator Eoghan Daltun in conversation.

"The statue that advertises its modesty with a fig leaf really brings its modesty under suspicion." Mark Twain

Over the course of two weeks, sculpture conservator Eoghan Daltun will remove the fig-leaves from six male figures in our collection of Canova Casts: Adonis, Apollo Belvedere, 
Laocoon and His Sons, and the Belvedere Torso.

It is thought that these were added in Cork after 1818. Fig leaves have often been used to conceal nudity in art, referring to Adam and Eve’s use of them to cover their modesty. As such, their removal will restore our casts to their original condition. After the ‘fig’ reveal, the plaster leaves will be retained and placed on display separately.