a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

Many thanks to the friend who sent us this extraordinary re-discovered film footage of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting Ireland back in 1900,  that Queen’s last-ever visit to this country. As a recent article on the British Heritage Travel website makes clear, the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, says that “in 1939, it received “a… Read More a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

inside the Sir Denis Mahon archive & the Italian Baroque, Thurs 08/03/18

Image credit: Guercino (1591-1666) Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, c.1620 Oil on canvas Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.  Sir Denis Mahon Bequest,  National Gallery of Ireland. This Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm, Thursday 08 March, we are looking forward to our one-off visit inside the beautiful Denis Mahon Archive, located in a Georgian house… Read More inside the Sir Denis Mahon archive & the Italian Baroque, Thurs 08/03/18

Night-time Art Treat: Nat Gal, sociable evening tour 6 -8.15pm eve Thurs 22 June

Evening Art Treat: To mark the reopening of the main historic wings of our beloved National Gallery of Ireland, after years of repairs and refurbishments, we’re running a small, sociable evening visit from 6pm-8.15pm evening of Thursday 22nd June. (with a maximum of 15 guests) Please note, this is not a NGI event (NGI is… Read More Night-time Art Treat: Nat Gal, sociable evening tour 6 -8.15pm eve Thurs 22 June

Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!

Please note that due to demand our our second and final tour date is now also booked out, sorry!  We do however strongly recommend people visit the Creating History exhibition at the NGI which closes January 15th (2017)  Admission is free. All details on the NGI website Creating History is a superb exhibition and is the… Read More Creating History – our second tour now also booked out, sorry!

South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon,  afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.)   The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

This you have to see, this Garden of Earthly Delights.

Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” (Museo del Prado, Madrid) is one of the most distinctive and instantly recognizable paintings in the world, but probably too rich for most of us to take in on a single viewing.  Well, here’s an amazing, very hi-res interactive digitization, (courtesy originally, for me at least, of an… Read More This you have to see, this Garden of Earthly Delights.

“How to Read a Painting” our private evening tour at Nat Gallery Ireland, Thurs Eve, 14th April

Looking at Art | the Art of Looking. We’re leading a rare public edition of our legendary How to Read a Painting tour at the National Gallery of Ireland, on Thursday Evening, 14th April. The tour is a private tour, taking place with ethkind permission of the national gallery.  It covers and explains ideas that… Read More “How to Read a Painting” our private evening tour at Nat Gallery Ireland, Thurs Eve, 14th April

Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.

I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”.  That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin.  Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes.   Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.