First lecture revealed for Pictish Arts Society

Brechin Town House Museum
Brechin Town House Museum

The first lecture of the 2015/16 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be held on Friday, September 18, in association with Angus Council Museums.

The venue is the upstairs gallery of Brechin Town House Museum. The lecture will be given by David Henry.

Resisting Temptation: Farnell’s “forbidden fruit” is the title of the lecture. It has a distinctly local flavour as the subject is a carved stone from Farnell and the speaker is Brechin-based publisher, David Henry.

In the summer of 1849, a large carved cross-slab was discovered in Farnell churchyard by Brechin antiquary, Andrew Jervise. There are several carved images including a ringed Greek cross above a scene comprising two human figures standing either side of the trunk of a fruit-bearing tree flanked by two snakes.

This scene, although atypical but with apparently obvious components, was early identified as representing the Temptation of Adam and Eve. This interpretation is still generally accepted, but the speaker believes that the identification has been arrived at uncritically and even that someone tampered with the carving, modifying it to better fit the biblical story of the Temptation. Some years ago, in order to stimulate discussion, he challenged the long-accepted interpretation with an alternative, which found some sympathy at the time. Little, if any, debate has taken place since then, until recently, when an opportunity arose to restate his case, which will be presented in this illustrated talk.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. Talks are free to members and £2.50 to non-members. All are welcome.