The Hunt Museum Limerick
The Hunt Museum exhibits one of Ireland's greatest private collections of art and antiquities.
John and Gertrude Hunt have gathered original artefacts over a lifetime, some items dating from the Neolithic to the 20th Century.
Some of the most valuable items in the collection include works by Picasso, Renoir, and Yeats.
The collection reflects the personality and diverse tastes of the Hunt Family.
There are artefacts from Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Olmec civilisation. An important collection of Irish archaeological material ranges from Neolithic flint and Bronze Age material including a Bronze Age shield.
One of the strengths of the collection is the medieval material, which includes statues in stone and wood, painted panels, jewellery, enamels, ivories, ceramics and crystals.
The Hunt Museums most mysterious piece called the ‘Rearing Horse’, which is a figure of a horse made from bronze, reputedly cast by Leonardo Da Vinci. It is one of four similar horses. Of the three others, one is in the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the second in the Szepmuveszeti Museum, Budapest, and the third in the Jeannerat Collection, London. Unfortunately, while the four horses where on tour in the US, it was discovered two of the sculptures where indeed fake, however, this is been reconfirmed. The statue is on display in the Hunt Museum to this day.
There are volunteers that are more than happy to take groups on tours and have interesting and funny stories about the Hunt family and their art.
Get in touch with the Hunt Museum on 00353 61 312833
The Hunt Museum is only a 7-minute walk along the Abbey River.
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