Special Evening-time Tours of National Gallery of Ireland, in central Dublin the unique How to Read a Painting tour, is a highly accessible, fascinating introduction, revealing some of the “mysteries” of reading ideas and symbols in old master paintings.
As the tour title suggests, we make aspects of paintings art historians are trained to think about accessible to non-specialists, giving you some key conceptual tools to know & understand more about art.
The tour features lively, guided discussion as it explores symbolism and iconography, (both religious iconography and secular symbolism) and how artists create meaning in art- using not just tokens, allegory and symbols, but everything from light to landscape, and from gesture to perspective. All our emphasis is on making these ideas accessible, enjoyable and fun.
Come and find out exactly why this tour is the subject of scores of rave reviews by visitors from Ireland and around the world. We think you’ll never look at pictures the same way again.
Summary of key information again: We will resume public tours, open to all in the summer months. But in the meanwhile, the tour is available to book by prior arrangement for pre-booked groups.
For those bringing a work group of colleagues, the discussion and visual “problem solving” elements of the workshops make them ideal as team-builders. We’ve also entertained school and college groups, groups of friends from book clubs, tourists, writers, academics. Across the board reviews means this tour has become among the highest-rated cultural activities on TripAdvisor’s Dublin listings.
Practicalities: arranging dates & fees. Once you have emailed and arranged a confirmed date with us: we meet Thursday evenings 5.55pm, and then tour from 6-8pm. Meet point is inside the foyer inside the Claire Street entrance of the National Gallery of Ireland. email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a date for your group. Prices start at €100 for a private group tour. (Our simple, transparent fee structure means €100 for the first 1-4 people and then €10 per/person thereafter.)
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Info on booking any of our other 7 tours as a private custom tour: All our tours can also be booked for a custom, pre-booked groups, such a school, language college, work or book club social outing. Unless extra admission costs apply our fee structure is very simple, Prices are €100 for the first 1-5 people combined, then just €10 per/person after. For those bringing a work group of colleagues, the discussion and visual “problem solving” elements of the workshops make them ideal as team-builders.
To inquire about a date, please send an email to email@example.com stating 1- the title of your preferred tour, 2- your approximate numbers, and 3- preferred date or dates. Thank you.