National Gallery of Ireland2
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National Gallery of Ireland New Exhibitions

Tourists visiting Dublin for a couple of days won’t want to miss the free exhibitions at The National Gallery of Ireland.

National Gallery of Ireland

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Here’s a look at some of what’s currently on offer:

Vermeer Visits

Works from The Frick Collection in New York City have rarely been transported outside of the U.S., but for a few months this year, one of its prized possessions, “Mistress and Maid” by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer has “made an exceptional trip to Dublin” and is currently on display at the National Gallery of Ireland.

The transportation of the prized painting was made possible due to the Frick Madison being closed for renovation until late 2024.

Photo: By Johannes Vermeer – Unknown source, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=464760

The Vermeer Visits exhibit can be seen through Aug. 18th. It is located in Room 38 of the Milltown Wing.

For who have the time and the desire to flex their writing skills, the Gallery is hosting a free writing workshop inspired by the exhibition.

A free guided public tour is also offered as is a special tour for the visually impaired.

Walter Frederick Osborne: The Guinness Portrait

The beautiful work of Irish landscape and portrait artist Walter Frederick Osborne known as The Guinness Portrait is currently on display through September.

Osborne was best known for his depictions of late 19th-century working class life, including his paintings of women, children, the elderly, and the poor.

The full-length portrait of Mary Guinness and her daughter Margaret, which is considered one of his finest works, was presented to the Gallery as a heritage gift and is now part of it permanent collection.

It was painted when Osborne was at the height of his career. It is located in the Hugh Lane Room.

Silent City

You’ll get the chance to see part of the Gallery’s permanent collection in the exhibition titled “Silent City,” which features photographs, paintings, prints and drawings.

Some of those are from the German artist Evelyn Hofer, who fled her native land at the onset of World War II. Hofer was known for her practice of long exposure, capturing cities and other urban areas.

The exhibition is on display until July. It is located in the Print Gallery.

An Túr Gloine: Artists and the Collective

Another new exhibition at the Gallery is dedicated to the cooperative stained-glass studio An Túr Gloine (The Tower of Glass), known as a working home for artists in Dublin from 1903 until 1944.

A stained-glass window in St. Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin created by artists in An Túr Gloine. Photo: Andreas F. Borchert, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25180137

The artists’ skills and creativity set them apart from rivals both in Ireland and abroad and indeed, advanced the reputation of Irish stained glass works, leading to the creation of the Irish Arts & Crafts movement.

Featured artists in this exhibit include Wilhelmina Geddes, Michael Healy, Catherine O’Brien, Alfred E. Child, Hubert McGoldrick, Ethel Rhind and Evie Hone.

It is on display through January 2025 and is located in Room 11.

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The National Gallery of Ireland is among Dublin’s most popular free attractions.

It is located near Trinity College and Merrion Square.

It houses the nation’s collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, in addition to an extensive library and archive.

Free guided tours are also available at weekends. Family packs and drawing and creative writing kits are available to borrow for free. Facilities include a shop, café, and wheelchair access to all levels of the gallery.

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