The Nationel Gallery of Ireland has a fine collection of European fine arts. Most important is its Irish collection. It is also located in the most grand rooms of the Gallery. However, don't miss the foreign works of art: the Flemish and Dutch collection is extensive: there's even a Vermeer and there are only 35 of those in the whole world! The Italian wing boasts a famous Caravaggio.
The café has great food and is a popular weekend lunch spot. The shop is located in the new wing, which is a pretty interesting piece of architecture on its own.
Ireland's National Gallery first opened in 1864 to display Irish and European paintings. Admission is free, and though the collection is not that big, there are some interesting pieces that truly make it worth stopping by. Perhaps the gallery's most famous painting is Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ", which was lost for about 200 years until it was discovered in a Jesuit house on Leeson Street in 1993 (it had been mistaken for a copy of the original!). There are also some nice specimens from the Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch (including Vermeer's "Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid"), Flemish and British schools of paintings, and of course a large collection of Irish paintings. When I was at the gallery, there was a special exhibition dedicated to the works of Irish painter Thomas Roberts, which mainly featured beautiful landscapes from rural Ireland. But the highlight of the gallery for me was the Yeats Museum, a small room entirely dedicated to the works of John, Jack and William Butler Yeats. Of the three, Jack was definitely the best painter. I don't believe I'd ever had the chance before to see some of his work, and I found that many of the pieces, especially the one entitled "For the Road", were quite stunning.
The National Gallery of Ireland is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Saturday, with late nights on Thursdays), and from noon to 5:30 pm on Sundays.
This museum is located in the quiet Merrion square. The entrance is free so there is no excuse for no visiting it. You’ll see great paintings by Veermer, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembradt and much more. You’ll see also Irish painters.
monday to saturday: 9.30-17.30, Thusday: 9.30-20.30 and Sunday 12-17.30
The National Gallery of Ireland is housed in the very central location known as Government buildings. Handilly, this includes the Irish Parliament, the Department of the Taoiseach (which you can visit on certain days), the National Museum, the Natural history museum (one of the finest examples of a victorian cabinet museum you are likely to come across!), National Library and last but by no means least the National Gallery.
The Gallery is housed mainly in a mid-19th century building, although it does now have a new millenium wing. The collection is eclectic, with eclesiastical art, old masters, a Caravaggio of which the Gallery is rightly proud, many impresionists and a fine collection of British and Irish artists. How it should be rated I cannot say but I have always found it worth my while to spend some time there! I particularly like the newish Yeats room, which gathers the impressive achievments of the Yeats family together, though obviously focusing more on the works of Jack Yeats, perhaps the finest Irish painter of his generation and brother to nobel prizewinning poet W B Yeats. Their father was also a fine painter and other members of the family were active in the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. The Gallery also has the largest archive of Yeats material anywhere, though this is available to researchers only. The Gallery has a fine print collection and a print gallery which often has on travelling exhibitions. The new millenium wing, tends to house temporary exhibitions, an extensive shop and a restaurant and coffee shop.
I wanted to visit this museum anyway but I was more than glad to see it when I was caught in an unexpected downpour!
There are two entrances - the Clare St one leads to the new Millenium Wing, featuring the most recent works (and probably my favourite part of the gallery!) or there is the original Georgian entrance on Merrion Sq West which I used. The gallery contains many works of western European art from as far back as the middle ages, right to the present day.
The lower level of the Milltown Wing concentrates on Irish artists such as Jack B Yeats.
The National Gallery of Ireland opened in 1864 although built in 1854. It holds 2,500 paintings and 10,000 other works including drawings and sculptures. It also holds an impressive collection of Irish paintings most of which are on permanent display. You will also find a Yeats Museum. The Gallery has two restaurants and a gift shop.
Admission is free.
Opening: Mon to Sat 9.30 to 5.30 Thursday 9.30 to 8.30pm and Sun 12noon to 5.30pm. There are guided tours of the collection on Saturdays at 3pm and on Sundays at 2pm.
Being the pintura freak I am, seeing a Caravaggio recently found in a local Jesuit Monastery is pretty cool. But do not miss the paintings from the local Irish. They have a separate room and you can feel the Irish soul in many of the works.
David wanted to pop by the gift store here after his swim in the famous Liffey River race to get a copy of "The Liffey Swim" by Irish artist Jack B. Yeats, we had a bit of time to kill before dinner so we decided to have a look around the museum as there is free admission to all but special exhibits. While it doesn't rival art museums in larger cities such as Paris or New York, the National Gallery does have a nice collection of Irish paintings which isn't something that you always see at major art museums. The Yeats wing had the original of "The Liffey Swim" plus many other paintings by Jack B. Yeats, the younger brother of writer W.B. Yeats. While not on my list of must sees in Dublin, it was a nice diversion for the hour we had to spare and a good place to get out of the rain for a bit.
There was some construction going on to the galleries so I'm not entirely sure we saw all of the galleries. If you enjoy Italian Renaissance art, you might find that you want to spend more time here than me as that's not really my favorite period, not a lot from the impressionist period but there are are a few paintings including a Monet, a Sisley and a Pisarro.
In 1976, Sir Alfred and Lady Clementine established the Alfred Beit Foundation to ensure that the eighteenth-century mansion would be maintained for the nation. They donated the great works of art listed below in 1987:
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), 'The Cottage Girl'
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), 'Doña Antonia Zárate'
Frans Hals (c.1580/83-1666), 'The lute player'
Meindert Hobbema (1638-1709), 'A wooded landscape - the path on the dyke'
Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), 'A man writing a letter'
Gabriel Metsu (1629-1667), 'A woman reading a letter'
Bartolome Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), A series of 6 paintings telling the story of the Prodigal Son: 'The Prodigal Son receiving his portion', 'The departure of the Prodigal Son', 'The Prodigal son feasting', 'The Prodigal Son driven out', 'The Prodigal Son feeding swine', 'The return of the Prodigal Son'
Henry Raeburn (1756-1823), 'Sir John and Lady Clerk of Penicuik'
Jacob van Ruisdael (c.1628/29-1682), 'The Castle of Bentheim'
Jan Steen (1625/26-1679), 'The Marriage Feast at Cana'
Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), 'Kitchen Maid with the Supper at Emmaus'
Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), 'A woman writing a letter with her maidservant'
1997: Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957), 'The Beggarman in the Shop', 1924
2000: Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851), 'The Castellated Rhine', c.1832
Besides these paintings there are numerous statuary and artifacts well worth seeing. We especially enjoyed Ireland's own National Art.
Dublin's National Gallery is quite a good place to see art in a rainy day... It doesn't have many glorious artworks, but it has big names - both irish and international. In the irish section, don't miss the paintings by the Jack and John Butler Yeats... the poet's brother and father.
Some international names worth admiring are: Rodin, Turner, Van Dyck, Rubens, Monet, Goya, El Greco, Bellini, Michelangelo, Tintoretto, Titian and Caravaggio. Don't miss Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ" - the lost painting known only through replicas, until a few years ago. it was found by chance in a Jesuit house of studies in Leeson Street.
We went through this gallery rather quickly just to get a taste of the various collections. They were fabulous! Although a lot of it revolves around Irish landscape and culture, I was really surprised that most of the major schools of art were represented in the museum.
They have an excellent Caravaggio which is something to brag about. I also am a big fan of Yeats paintings which they have entire room for!
It was a beautiful museum and I would love to go back again with more time.
Oh! And its FREE, and F-R-E-E spells Good.
I went to the National Gallery just two hours ahead they were closing so wasn't plenty of children tours or tourists (as me!).
The building is separated in three floors of adorable paintings and sculptures... also, the building inside offers some hide emplacements which are modern in contrast to the outside look of itself.
I spent most of my time appreciating Irish Art in the 18th and 19th century, in which Sarah PURSER (1848-1943), William DAVIS (1812-1873) and Willian John LEECH (1881-1968) are my favourites.
Also I enjoyed Albert MOORE (1841-1868) with the 'Azaleas' painting of 1868.
On the upper floor, I had a look at some of the Irish and British portraits. Nice though.
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For such a small country, this collection is absolutely amazing. What they don't have in quantity, they make up for with quality. In addition to some famous greats - Vermeer, Caravaggio, Picasso, and Monet - there is an interesting Irish art section. The modern Irish art collections are especially strong - Jack B. Yeats (brother of the poet W.B. Yeats and probably Ireland's most important painter) has a whole section devoted to him.
I particulary loved the fact that admission is free and that the collections are open late on Thursdays.
The National Gallery has a very good collection of 19th and early 20th century Irish art, and also an excellent, world-class, Old Masters collections that includes a Caravaggio and a Vermeer! Some of my other favorites included pieces by Velasquez, Ribera, Breughel, Titian, and Reynolds. Admission is free - yay!
The main entrance - which I believe presently is the only one - is through the new Addition on Clare Street. Too bad they didn't choose a design that was a little more inviting, IMHO. This is another exercise in the Brutalist style, created by an English firm, Benson & Forsyth.
I highly recommend you pay a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland if you are in Dublin. There is an excellent & comprehensive display of irish artists like Jack B Yeats and William Orpen in the Millenium wing. There is also a Caravaggio on display, as well as Turner, Vermeer and many more.