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Dublin — By Jessica Colley on May 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm
Filed under: Art, Attractions, museums

New at the National Gallery in Dublin

A sanctuary in the center of Dublin is the National Gallery of Ireland. This free attraction is a great place to walk around while a rainshower passes or enjoy afternoon tea. While my favorite exhibit is the collection of Jack B Yeats paintings, I decided today to stop in and take a look at a new exhibition: ‘Taking Stock – Acquisitions 2000-2010′. This show brought together all of the new work that the Gallery has acquired over the last 10 years.

There are a few reasons why this exhibition is so special – not only does it bring together an incredible variety of masters, including Van Gogh and Renoir, but it also contains important Irish works of art that depict Dublin throughout the ages. If you’re curious about historic Dublin – you will love depictions by Walter Osborne, Harry Kernoff, and Patrick Collins. After walking around O’Connell Street Bridge a hundred times, it was fascinating to look at a painting from 1889 depicting the same bridge, a vendor of books, and a young girl selling flowers.

Other images from Irish history include the famous Davy Byrne’s pub and the area along the River Liffey known as the quays. Between these paintings, some late work by Jack B Yeats, and a charming small painting by Van Gogh called ‘Rooftops in Paris’ the new acquisitions was a great exhibition.

It would be possible to spend a great deal of time exploring the many halls of the gallery. To help your visit, pick up a free map at the front entrance and choose a few exhibitions to see. During my visit today, I also popped into the 20th century Irish Art wing and the European Art 1850 – 1950 section. Here I encountered more masters – from Picasso to Monet. 

The National Gallery is open 7 days per week and in the evenings on Thursdays (closes at 5.30pm during the rest of the week). To avoid any crowds and have the Picasso, the Monet, or the Renoir all to yourself, plan your visit during the week and mornings are usually quietest. Definitely see the masters – but don’t miss the opportunity to gain a great introduction to Irish art as well!

Address: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin 2. 

Photo Credit:SXC

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