The title of this exhibition refers to the painting “Beatrice”, the inspiration for Dante in the Divine Comedy. In an analogy of beauty leading to truth, Beatrice guides Dante towards paradise.
However, this show has also a lot to do with hell. In several large paintings (taking inspiration more from Bruegel the Elder rather than Hieronymus Bosch), Eugene de Leastar explores the nightmare themes of the Apocalypse; the 4 horsemen and the soul's decent into hell. Another work deals with what the artist regards a particular form of hell 'the inscrutable follies of philosophers'.
In a series of bronze sculptures de Leastar explores further the idea of the beauty in the guise of the Greek goddess, and this leads to another of his themes that of the 'eternal mother'.
“A beautifully curated exhibition 12 out of 10, wonderful to see an exhibition of this quality in Clonmel”.
Exhibition runs from June 30th – Sept 9th 2023
Tipperary Museum of Hidden History,
Mick Delahunty Square,
Clonmel, County Tipperary E91 Y891