as regular readers will know, we lead some very nice, and very enjoyable walking tours in Dublin, both out and about, around the streets of the capital, often featuring visits to historic interiors too (churches, old houses, and occasional mystery destinations) These tours are themed around history and the built-history of our city; architecture and… Read More 4 fantastic art and history tours of Dublin coming up…
We completed our last tour of the year, for TBG+S, just 10 days ago, and our last public tour of the year, for our Dublin Decoded newsletter subscribers, around a month back, with our Monto tour. Now that it’s all over for another year, we thought it might be interesting to look back, enjoy and… Read More
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!
A few coal hole iron covers, these particular two are on Merrion Street. There are coal-hole covers in all the older parts of Dublin. This Merrion/Fitzwilliam area has a particularly rich store of them. The majority of the most interesting are coal holes, those circular discs of cast iron capping the coal chutes, ubiquitous to… Read More Cast of Thousands
Writing recently about the lovely old cast iron coal plates which adorn the Georgian and many Victorian districts of Dublin, I found my obsession spread from coal covers to utility covers also, such as gas, water, and the like. Yes, I know, I know what you are thinking. And it’s true, I have a… Read More Utility covers..
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?
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
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!
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
A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian. Some if not most readers may be familiar with Ireland in 100 Objects, a wide ranging history-through artifact book helmed by Fintan O’Tooole. Here in A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects, historian John Gibney (who I know, formerly… Read More A History of the Easter Rising in 50 Objects. By John Gibney historian.