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Tara Brooch - A Mathematical View with Dr Michael Brennan

The National Museum of Ireland’s great treasure, the eighth-century ‘Tara’ brooch, contains such rich, composite and condensed features of design and ornamentation that the brooch can be analysed from different mathematical standpoints. Its compass-based design has been studied by Stevick, and his conclusions will be described. The symmetries of the brooch’s various motifs and matched panels will be compared with those of the early eighth-century Hiberno-Saxon Lindisfarne Gospels; and if time permits, the zoomorphic interlace-work will be deconstructed. The mathematical concepts involved are not half as complex as the art of the brooch itself!
  • Location: Dublin
  • Audience: General Public
When Oct 21, 2011
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Ceramics Room National Museum of Ireland Kildare Street Dublin 2
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Dr Michael Brennan is a former lecturer in mathematics at Waterford Institute of Technology and researches the mathematical aspects of celtic art