special Art tours of National Gallery of Ireland, Thursday evenings 6-8pm, available for pre-booked groups

4 thoughts on “special Art tours of National Gallery of Ireland, Thursday evenings 6-8pm, available for pre-booked groups”

  1. Arran is the best tourist guide you can have if you are in Dublin thanks to his deep knowledge of history, art, architecture… and nightlife!
    When my friends and me visited the National Gallery of Dublin led by Arran, he let us establish a feeling with paintings and painters because of the passion he put in illustrating the meaning of pictures, the message that authors intended to convey through them and his ability in describing the techniques and the effects made with light and colors.
    If you analyze paintings helped by Arran you can discover hidden meanings and find interesting details which you do not find if you look them by yourself.
    Arran is passionate about what he shows and you can understand it by the way he talks.
    Allowing tourists to discover Dubliners beauties is not only a job for him, it’s a vocation.
    Our guided tour was made great by all this!
    The secret to understand and appreciate the pictures even if you are not expert in the field?
    Observe every details and ask yourself simple questions!
    Thank you Arran and see you next time!!
    Milano – Italy

    1. Hi Luca, I’m delighted you enjoyed the tour and that you got some useful ideas to take away from the whole experience. I’m also thrilled you remembered my idea about “asking ourselves “:simple questions” “, I think that’s a big part of building good habits when we look at Art, and part of the secret of beginning to build a deeper understanding, when we come face to face with some “mysterious” or difficult/obscure” masterpiece from the past.
      Anyway, thanks very much for all the kind words. Hope all is well back in Italy!
      -Arran – @ | Dublin Decoded. |

  2. People who live in big cities and lead a frenetic life, usually, have little time to stop to admire and to understand the art.
    That’s a pity.
    It’s very useful and comforting to meet a guide, like you, who can give us, in a short time, the first tools to approach this amazing world.
    Well done Arran!


    1. Many thanks for your kind words Luca. I couldn’t agree with you more- as you say, our lives are so frantic these days it’s hard to find the time to stop, look, admire and enjoy the city around us. And that’s a shame of course. Not just because of what art and buildings can teach us about the past, but because we miss a lot of beauty also. :) However, I think I’m “preaching to the converted” here! as I sense a kindred spirit. :) Thanks again, for your kind and perceptive comment. Warm regards- Arran.

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