Artistry in Armagh

What struck me the most about the Armagh County Museum was the incredible detail in both the artwork and the artifacts that the museum held. It’s clear that people who thoroughly understood the city and its history created the artwork, and the artifacts and clothing displayed showed an immense amount of detail and precision.

The paintings on the wall, often 3-D, had such intricate details of different landmarks in the city. One painting even included graffiti on the sides of some buildings. There was a great mixture of both natural landscape paintings, and paintings of some of the city’s most notable architecture, like the cathedrals.

The Armagh community is also given a chance to appreciate local artists for their talents, as opposed to foreign paintings from people who wouldn’t be able to understand or appreciate the city for what it is to the same degree that a local would. It was refreshing to see local artistry being appreciated.

As for the historic artifacts, there was an impressive amount of detail considering how much of it would have been handmade. The model boat and trains, the “Prehistory Case,” and the clothing were all rich in handmade details. I cannot even fathom the amount of hours that would have gone into a single one of the dresses on display.

The craftsmanship on display impressed me thoroughly, and it really helped me to gain perspective on the amount of work that would have gone into certain tasks that we take for granted as easy.

Also, the dresses were beautiful and I would whole-heartedly support if they came back in style (minus the corsets).

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