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
This little display case with its wonderful ship model, was spotted at Dun Laoghaire’s terrific Maritime Museum over the weekend, (the museum is on Haigh Terrace, near Dun Laoghaire’s new public library (pay a visit to both when you can). It put me in mind of a subject close to my heart. Because this isn’t… Read More Tableau & Diorama. (iii)
Dublin Georgian North-East is a sociable walking tour this Sunday 16th August. It explores in depth and with some humour, Parnell/Rutland Square, the Rotunda Lying- In Hospital, then further afield, the north and eastern sections of the magnificent old “Gardiner estate”. We’ll explore the complex history of Parnell/Rutland Square, including the pivotal place of the… Read More Magnificent vision: doomed ambition: Dublin Georgian North-East Sun 16th Aug.
Selling off the family Silver. Another failure: another breech of trust. Many enlightened and generous philanthropists have gifted precious property, artworks and other priceless assets to Ireland. Such gifts include works by Manet, Degas and other Impressionists from Sir Hugh Lane; endless beautiful works in the National Gallery of Ireland purchased with funds left by… Read More J’accuse: Rubens & other old masters to be sold off & lost forever.
Photo credit Declan Hackett Could there be anything nicer to do on a Sunday afternoon than a History walking tour, followed by wonderful concert of ultra- high quality music, performance, poetry, with a sociable glass of wine after? Well, what about if the concerts took place in some of the most beautiful historic… Read More History walking tours, followed by music, poetry and wine.
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.
The castle at Bentheim: an essay of random thoughts on landscape, history and money, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age. Look at this. Don’t by the way try reading this piece on a phone. Wait until you have access to a proper screen. Then look at this. It’s a detail of a work… Read More Landscape, modernity and nostalgia in the Dutch Golden Age.
I published a post a year or so back with this same title, which people seemed to enjoy. So here we go again. Below is mostly images, seen over the last few weeks, right up to yesterday afternoon. A little text, where context is required, and/or where there’s an opportunity for you to partake yourself. … Read More The Things I see… (# 2)
The history and origin of the National Gallery of Ireland are somewhat unusual because it was founded as sort of afterthought or consequence of the Great Dublin exhibition, 1853. This was one of the spectacular trade, arts and industry Great Fairs characteristic of the 19th century. The Great Dublin Exhibition was also itself unique in… Read More William Dargan’s legacy: the National Gallery of Ireland.