"Look at the pretty paintings" National Gallery of Ireland Tip by Ruai
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin: 26 reviews and 37 photos
The National Gallery of Ireland is housed in the very central location known as Government buildings. Handilly, this includes the Irish Parliament, the Department of the Taoiseach (which you can visit on certain days), the National Museum, the Natural history museum (one of the finest examples of a victorian cabinet museum you are likely to come across!), National Library and last but by no means least the National Gallery.
The Gallery is housed mainly in a mid-19th century building, although it does now have a new millenium wing. The collection is eclectic, with eclesiastical art, old masters, a Caravaggio of which the Gallery is rightly proud, many impresionists and a fine collection of British and Irish artists. How it should be rated I cannot say but I have always found it worth my while to spend some time there! I particularly like the newish Yeats room, which gathers the impressive achievments of the Yeats family together, though obviously focusing more on the works of Jack Yeats, perhaps the finest Irish painter of his generation and brother to nobel prizewinning poet W B Yeats. Their father was also a fine painter and other members of the family were active in the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. The Gallery also has the largest archive of Yeats material anywhere, though this is available to researchers only. The Gallery has a fine print collection and a print gallery which often has on travelling exhibitions. The new millenium wing, tends to house temporary exhibitions, an extensive shop and a restaurant and coffee shop.
Address: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Directions: Behind Trinity College.
Phone: +00 353 (0)1 661 5133
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