"Don't miss the Yeats Museum" National Gallery of Ireland Tip by Jefie
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin: 26 reviews and 37 photos
Ireland's National Gallery first opened in 1864 to display Irish and European paintings. Admission is free, and though the collection is not that big, there are some interesting pieces that truly make it worth stopping by. Perhaps the gallery's most famous painting is Caravaggio's "The Taking of Christ", which was lost for about 200 years until it was discovered in a Jesuit house on Leeson Street in 1993 (it had been mistaken for a copy of the original!). There are also some nice specimens from the Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch (including Vermeer's "Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid"), Flemish and British schools of paintings, and of course a large collection of Irish paintings. When I was at the gallery, there was a special exhibition dedicated to the works of Irish painter Thomas Roberts, which mainly featured beautiful landscapes from rural Ireland. But the highlight of the gallery for me was the Yeats Museum, a small room entirely dedicated to the works of John, Jack and William Butler Yeats. Of the three, Jack was definitely the best painter. I don't believe I'd ever had the chance before to see some of his work, and I found that many of the pieces, especially the one entitled "For the Road", were quite stunning.
The National Gallery of Ireland is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Saturday, with late nights on Thursdays), and from noon to 5:30 pm on Sundays.
Address: Merrion Square
Directions: Downtown Dublin
Phone: 353 (01) 661-5133
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