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National Gallery of Ireland

Atlanta, Georgia
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National Gallery of Ireland


My husband and I are planning a long weekend in Dublin and want very much to visit the National Gallery. I undertand it has an amazing collection of Italian renaissance art. We just got back from Florence - I'm hooked!

Can anyone share their experiences/opinons of the National Gallery and its collection? Also, where would we go to see Irish art from the same period?


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We visited Ireland last month and did a quick tour through the National Gallery. It is a smaller museum, maybe 3 floors plus some offside galleries, nice high ceilings and good lighting.

We only had an hour before they closed, so walked through all the rooms and there are a few things that stand out in my mind:

- nice collection of Jack Yeats paintings featured in their own gallery

- there was a Monet I have never seen before as well as a few picasso and maybe a seurat? The 3rd floor is what I prefer

- the main gallery when you walk in has landscapes and portraits from...oh, maybe late 19th early 20th century, I think they were most if not all Irish artists and scenes.

- they do have a triptychs and religious works - but we kind of rushed through that section to get to the more modern works

Only thing to note, the gift shop and cafe closes before the museum, but there are benches in that area which can substitute for a meeting location.


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I would just add that the national gallery is a great trip to make. It has a few too many portrait and "filler" paintings for most people's taste but it's still well worth visiting for some of the paintings already described.

It also has a very nice Carravagio with an interesting story behind it. As well as the Jack Yeats section already described, there is also an entire section devoted to Irish art of recent times (not quite modern)

And one of the best things about the gallery, like all the national galleries and museums, it's completely free!

Edited: 07 November 2010, 15:08
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