above “the Abduction of Parolles’, Francis Wheatley (1747-1801). Private collection “Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland” at Dublin’s splendid Central Assembly House, an exhibition and a walking tour, this week! I’m delighted to be leading 4 tours for the Irish Georgian Society (IGS) over the next 3 or 4 weeks. Two of these events are architectural… Read More “Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland” at Dublin’s splendid Central Assembly House, an exhibition and a walking tour this week!
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
The superb exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting currently nearing the end of its run at the National Gallery of Ireland, ask and adreeses sucessfully fascinating questions about how the genre artists of the Dutch Golden Age influenced each other and spurred each other on to ever great feats of virtuosity. It has… Read More Did Vermeer use Optics in his Art?
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.
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
I received an email today from an academic, currently working with the OPW in Dublin Castle, but whose special area of interest and expertise is Irish cultural nationalism and the United Irishmen. The lecture, details below, is at a slightly awkward time perhaps, but on the other hand, this looks like it might be fascinating… Read More a lecture in Dublin Castle, political and visual culture
Art on the High Line. Public sculpture in New York City. Just back from a break away, in New York city. Quite frankly, there’s so much to say about the place, and especially about the amazing art, public art, sculpture, public sculpture, architecture, town planning, heritage conservation, artists, street-scapes, mood, scene and politics, that if… Read More Art on the High Line. Public sculpture in New York City.
With several of the paintings Sir Alfred and Lady Beits left to Russborough House threatened with imminent sale abroad and in the news at present, it seems a timely moment to explore, cherish and celebrate those other exceptional paintings from the Beit collection given to the National Gallery of Ireland back in 1986. Accordingly, we… Read More Thurs 25th, Dutch Genius & the Beit Gift, evening tour of Nat Gal 6-8pm.
Looking at Art | the Art of Looking. Our tour at the National Gallery of Ireland is “How to Read a Painting”. That title, and our approach is prompted by a concern that less of us today retain the inclination, patience or perhaps the confidence to consider or interpret old master paintings. If that’s… Read More How to Read a Painting, evening tour, Nat Gal Ireland, 6pm 14th April.
A bit of innocent fun, for the art lovers among my readers. I’m teaching Italian Renaissance to my A-Level class at present and dragged these images off various sites to make a slide talk presentation. Thought i\d post them here too, for your pleasure and interest. It’s not a Dublin Decoded competition, there… Read More Italian Renassaince Art, a picture quiz.