Exhibit at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum

This morning, I collected guests from their Glasgow hotel and then embarked on a tour of key Glasgow sites as follows:

First to Glasgow Cathedral on Castle Street.

Glasgow Cathedral

The current building was built for Roman Catholic worship in the 13th century. Lightning damage necessitated reconstruction work in the early 15th century and the Blackadder Aisle was added in the early 16th century.

The Cathedral site is closely associated with the early Christian (late 6th century) missionary, St Kentigern, also known as St Mungo, who is the patron saint of Glasgow.

The plan of the Cathedral comprises an elongated rectangle divided into two halves by non-projecting transepts with a central tower at junction of the parts. Key aspects include:

  • Blackadder Aisle
  • Chapter House
  • Treasury
  • Central Tower
  • Nave
  • West Front
  • Crypt
  • Lower Chapter House
  • Choir
  • Presbytery
  • Stained glass.
  • Unusual Yiddish/Hebrew inscription from 18th century.

Nave and West Entrance.

Tomb of St Kentigern

A local guide provided us with an excellent escorted tour of the building.

Next to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Kelvingrove has a wide range of exhibits and themes which includes:

  • Scottish Art
  • Design
  • Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Creatures of the past.
  • Scotland’s Wildlife.
  • Dutch Art
  • Italian Art
  • French Art
  • Scotland’s First People
  • Cultural Survival.

Happy Caleono marble bust, 1902.

Mackintosh Gallery.

Lowry painting, VE Day 1945.

Next to the Riverside Museum which has an emphasis on transport through the ages.

Steam Engine built in Glasgow for South African Railways.

Tall Ship, Glenlee.

Rolls-Royce Phantom, 1931.

Aspect of building.

Next to visit the Govan Carved Stones at Govan Old Church.

The collection of sculptured stones were carved during the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries, each from locally quarried sandstone. They point to the importance of the Govan site and reflect a merging of cultures: Pictish, Irish, Cumbrian and Scandinavian.

The restored sarcophagus shown below is Glasgow’s first designed and crafted work of art. This was crafted from a single block of sandstone and probably dates from between the second half of the 9th century and mid-10th century. The quality is such that it was probably meant to be displayed.The early church in Govan was dedicated to St Constantine and there is speculation as to which historical Constantine this referred.One line of thought is that the Govan church was founded by the Scottish king Constantine who reigned from 862-878 or his son Donald who reigned from 889-900. The sarcophagus may have held the body of the founder but the interior is very narrow and may have been used to hold relics.

Govan Carved Stones

Sarcophagus

The hogbacks below date from the Viking era, 10th century, and together with others represent the largest group of such stones in Scotland. These huge tombstones suggest racially mixed marriages and great secular power.The fashion for this type of tombstone appears to have originated in N.E.England.

Hogbacks

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