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The Staff, The Snake and the Shamrock

Armagh Robinson Library
14/03/2020
14/03/2020

The image of a bearded man wearing a mitre and carrying a staff or crozier has become almost synonymous with the patron saint of Ireland, in particular when his vestments are green and adorned with shamrocks and a snake slithers around his feet.

However, were a contemporary of Patrick to be confronted with such an image, it is certain that he would not recognize the Saint in the form with which we are familiar today.

This illustrated talk by Dr Rachel Moss of Trinity College Dublin will look at how St Patrick has been portrayed in art across the centuries.

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