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May 10, 2012

Heart of the Kingdom


A new website for the carved stones at Govan has recently been launched. It’s one element in a larger project aimed at improving how this unique collection of early medieval sculpture is displayed and publicised.

The stones are housed inside Govan’s old parish church (‘Govan Old’), the front of which can be glimpsed in the above photograph. They comprise one of the largest collections of Celtic sculpture in the British Isles and are well worth seeing. Anyone who appreciates Pictish stonecarving, for instance, should visit Govan to see how the artistic legacy of the Picts inspired and influenced their neighbours in other parts of Scotland. The Govan sculptors developed a distinctive style that spread to the furthest borders of the kingdom of Strathclyde, reaching as far north as Luss and as far south as Hamilton. This ‘school’ of sculpture was characterised by certain features, such as a chunky form of…

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