Special unique Evening-time and afternoon, Tours of National Gallery, 1-2 Thursday evenings each month- this “How to Read a Painting tour, called inspirational by many visitors, is a highly accessible, fascinating and fun introduction to the great “mystery” of reading subjects and symbols in Art. We aim to make the things trained art historians think about, accessible and “user-friendly” to all. The tour and tour features lively guided discussion. It explores the supposed mysterious and arcane world of symbolism and iconography, but makes them available and accessible to all.
Read more below the booking details, You can also see the many rave reviews on the TripAdvisor website. Please note: Dublin Decoded runs more like a “private” cultural walking club in the quieter off-peak months, although we still do one or two of these tours each month. So if you want to hear about the next scheduled (non-private) How to Read a Painting Tour the best way is to join the monthly newsletter, alerting you when tours are going ahead. Obviously, we’ll never share your information or email with anyone. To subscribe to newsletter, go here.
Alternatively it’s possible to request this tour (indeed most of our tours) for any pre-booked group. This is a fun alternative to the theatre or dinner and we find, increasingly popular with our guests. You may also find it surprisingly economical especially for any group of 5 people or more. (€20 p/p and less for larger groups) For those thinking of bringing a work group of colleagues, the discussion and visual “problem solving” element of the workshops make them ideal as team-builders, as well as a pleasure for our guests.
Note that our default dates for How to Read a Painting Tours is usually on Thursday evenings 6-8pm, (Also available some Monday afternoons 2.15-4.15pm, by request, (or weekends by very special request) Fees only €20 p/p, or €15 concession. You don’t need any background in art or art history (that’s our job) All are welcome, you can come solo or in a pair or group, and you can pay on arrival, but you must book ahead.
This popular workshop – How to Read a Painting- aims to make the things trained art historians think about, accessible and user-friendly to all. The tour and tour features lively discussion. It explores symbolism and iconography, looks at both religious iconography and secular symbolism and explores in general how artists create meaning in art, using not just tokens and symbols, but also everything from light to landscape, from gesture to perspective. You’ll never look at pictures the same way again.
Summary of key information again: Tour available Thursday evenings 6-8pm: Afternoon tours also available on occasion (both scheduled and available by request for groups on some Tuesdays afternoons also. Tuesday tours run at the earlier time of 2.15 -4.30pm, The fee per person is €20p/p. The tour can also be booked for a custom, pre-booked group, such a school, language college, work or book club social outing. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating numbers and preferred tour and preferred dates. Thank you.
Our blog Dublin Decoded Tours has details of this tour & all our tours in general description.
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