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    ANNUAL EXHIBITION OF TURNER WATERCOLOURS AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Sunday, January 1st, 2017
    JMW Turner (1775-1851) Sunset over Petworth Park, Sussex, c.1828 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    JMW Turner (1775-1851)
    Sunset over Petworth Park, Sussex, c.1828
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    The annual exhibition of works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) displayed for the month of January at the National Gallery of Ireland gets underway today. For over a century the Gallery has followed the stipulations set out by the art collector Henry Vaughan in a bequest; that 31 watercolours covering the entire career of one of the great masters of British painting were to be exhibited to the public all at one time, free of charge, during the month of January. This is the month when daylight is low and at its least damaging level.

    Inspired by the writings of John Ruskin the collector Henry Vaughan (1809-1899) decided to gift his collection of Turner watercolours to the National Galleries of Ireland, England and Scotland. This year, alongside the much loved Vaughan bequest, the National Gallery of Ireland will display a selection of Turner’s Liber Studiorum prints.  Turner embarked on his most important publishing venture the Liber Studiorum – or drawing book – in 1807.  The series of over 70 prints was conceived as a visual treatise on landscape and art and made his work accessible to a wide audience.  The show runs to January 31.

    IRISH HISTORY DISPLAYED IN ARTWORKS AT NATIONAL GALLERY

    Saturday, October 8th, 2016
    Every painting tells a story and Ireland’s history can be seen in pictures at a show opening at the National Gallery in Dublin today.  Creating History:  Stories of Ireland in Art is the gallery’s principal contribution to this Decade of Centenaries.  The 55 paintings on display date from the 17th to the 20th century and depict or were inspired by Irish history from the arrival of St. Patrick to the establishment of the Irish Free State.
    Arranged thematically with sections entitled Testimony, Conflict, Assembly, Allegory and Lamentation, the exhibition features paintings from the permanent collection as well as work on loan from public and private collections in Ireland and overseas.  Some, like William Turner De Lond’s George IV, King of England, entering Dublin, 1821 and Sir John Lavery’s The Ratification of the Irish Treaty in the English House of Lords, 1921, have been unseen in public for many years.  Others, like Jan Wyck’s The Battle of the Boyne and Joseph Patrick Haverty’s, The Monster Meeting at Clifden, c.1844. have undergone extensive restoration specifically for this exhibition.  Yet more, such as Francis Wheatley, Dublin Volunteers on College Green, 1779 and Edwin Hayes, The Emigrant Ship, 1853 will be familiar to regulars at the gallery.  The exhibition, which is accompanied by a book with essays by Mary Jane Boland, Tom Dunne, R.F. Foster, Róisín Kennedy, Ruth Kenny and Emily Mark-FitzGerald and Brendan Rooney, runs until January 15 next.

    The O’Connell Centenary Celebrations, 1875 by Charles Russell (1852–1910) © National Gallery of Irelan

    The O’Connell Centenary Celebrations, 1875 by Charles Russell (1852–1910)
    © National Gallery of Irelan

    The Monster Meeting at Clifden, 1844 by Joseph Patrick Havery (1794-1864)  © National Gallery of Irelan

    The Monster Meeting at Clifden, 1844 by Joseph Patrick Havery (1794-1864) © National Gallery of Irelan

    ECLECTIC IMAGES AT IRELAND’S NATIONAL GALLERY

    Saturday, August 13th, 2016

    An exhibition of recent print and drawing acquisitions opens today at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Entitled Eclectic Images the first part of the exhibition shows a selection of some 60 prints and illustrated books from the Brian Lalor Collection, which charts the developments in printmaking through the centuries, from the early reproductive prints of Maerten van Heemskerk (1498-1574), to Christopher Le Brun’s (b.1951) mysterious Four Riders series of etchings. It explores themes such as the portrait in print; early twentieth-century printmaking; Biblical Palestine; and works inspired by Whistler.

    The second part of the display includes some of the most beautiful and unusual watercolours, drawings and prints acquired by the Gallery through purchase or gift since 2011. It features drawings by Fernand Lèger, Walter Osborne and Kyffin Williams, as well as prints by Berthe Morisot, Frank Brangwyn and Micheal Farrell. The generous donation of over 160 prints received from Brian Lalor in 2014 underlines how the national collection continues to benefit from the generosity of private donors. Eclectic Images runs until December 7.  Here is a sample:

    John Faulkner (1835-1894) Inniskea Isle, Achill Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    John Faulkner (1835-1894)
    Inniskea Isle, Achill
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Charles Blair Leighton (1823-1855) Choosing the Wedding Gown, 1869 Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Charles Blair Leighton (1823-1855)
    Choosing the Wedding Gown, 1869
    Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    James Caldwall (1739-1819) Macbeth, Act I, Scene III, 1798 Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    James Caldwall (1739-1819)
    Macbeth, Act I, Scene III, 1798
    Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) Portrait of Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, c.1646 Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677)
    Portrait of Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, c.1646
    Presented, Brian Lalor, 2014
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    LEONARDO DA VINCI AT IRELAND’S NATIONAL GALLERY

    Monday, March 7th, 2016

    Ten drawings by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), on loan from the Royal Collection in Britain, will go on display at the National Gallery of Ireland from May 4 to July 17.  They have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, mapmaking and anatomy. His use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint – is well represented.

    This is the only Irish venue for this touring exhibition organised by Royal Collection Trust and supported by Key Capital. The drawings are on show in Newcastle until April 24 and after Dublin they will tour to Nottingham and Swansea.  In May, the National Gallery will provide a public programme of free talks, tours and workshops themed around Leonardo da Vinci – Artist, Inventor, Renaissance Man. Online booking for free tickets will open mid-April through the Gallery’s website.

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man Pen and ink Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
    Expressions of fury in horses, lions and a man
    Pen and ink
    Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) A male nude c.1504-5 Red chalk Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

    Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519)
    A male nude c.1504-5
    Red chalk
    Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

     

    ANNUAL DISPLAY OF TURNER WATERCOLOURS

    Friday, January 1st, 2016
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Great Yarmouth Harbour, Norfolk, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851)
    Great Yarmouth Harbour, Norfolk, c.1840
    Photo © National Gallery of Ireland

    It is January and the Turner watercolours are once again on annual display at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.  This is a yearly showing of the Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours by Turner.  These delicate works are displayed at a time of year when the natural light is at its lowest. A series of special events and talks devoted to Turner will take place at the Gallery this month.

    The National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh has its 38 works from the Vaughan Bequest on display this month too.  The works in both galleries were bequeathed by Henry Vaughan, a London art collector with a passion for Turner and a connoisseur’s eye for quality.

    A RESCUED RUBENS FOR IRELAND’S NATIONAL GALLERY?

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    Sir Peter Paul Rubens – Portrait of a Bearded Man (£2-3 million) © Christie’s Images Limited 2015

    It looks as if the Rubens from Russborough and other artworks scheduled to auctioned at Christie’s last July have now been rescued for the relatively impecunious Irish state. Rubens Head of a Bearded Man was the main lot in a planned sale of works from Russborough in Co. Wicklow designed to raise funds to maintain the house and grounds.  It is reported that the businessman Denis O’Brien has bought the Rubens for more than two million euro, though he has refused to confirm this.

    The Russborough Foundation said the process of finding donors for the works is ongoing. Under the S1003 scheme designed to encourage donations to Irish cultural institutions a taxpayer can write off 80% of the purchase cost with a ceiling of six million in respect of any single year. It is also reported that businessman John Gallagher has paid just under one million for another one of the works, The Adoration of the Shepherds by Adriaen Van Ostade, with the intention that it goes on display at the National Gallery. The businessman Lochlann Quinn has already acquired A Village Kermesse near Antwerp by David Teniers the Younger from the Russborough collection for the National Gallery.  All the works had been in storage and had not been seen in public for many years.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for May 1, 2015).

    TURNER WATERCOLOURS AT NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND

    Thursday, December 30th, 2010

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Great Yarmouth Harbour, Norfolk, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (click to enlarge)

    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) The Grand Canal Venice from below the Rialto Bridge, Venice, c.1820 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (click to enlarge)

    The National Gallery of Ireland’s magnificent collection of watercolours by J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851) will be on annual display during January 2011.  These delicate watercolours are only ever shown at this time of year, when natural light in these latitudes  is at its lowest.  For January 2011 the theme is care of the collection, past and present.  It examines how Turner’s watercolours have been cared for before and after they entered the collection of the National Gallery in 1900.  Information on conservation methods from Victorian times is included.  Areas like pigments, fading and lux levels are addressed.  The Turner watercolour were bequeathed to the gallery by the English collector Henry Vaughan.

    ‘Colour and Light: Caring for Turner’s Watercolours’ runs from January 1 to January 31, 2011.
    (see antiquesandartireland.com post for July 7, 2010)

    The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife

    Thursday, November 18th, 2010

    A detail from The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife at the National Gallery of Ireland, which is to be restored. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland (click to enlarge)

    The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife by Cork born historical painter Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) at the National Gallery of Ireland is to be restored.

    The work on one of the most popular paintings in the collection, viewed by around 750,000 people each year, is made possible through the generosity of the Art Conservation Fund of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

    The painting will undergo a preliminary technical examination with ultraviolet and infrared reflectography and radiography. This will enable conservators to investigate areas of over-painting, as well as any original under drawings and alterations to the composition. The Maclise painting, which presents extraordinary conservation challenges because of its size (317 x 515cm), requires a selection of structural treatments.

    Aoife, daughter of Dermot McMurrough, King of Leinster, married Richard de Clare, the 2nd Earl of Pembroke, known as Strongbow, in Waterford in 1170.  He was the leader of the Norman Invasion into Ireland.

    Dr. Brendan Rooney, Curator of Irish art at the National Gallery of Ireland, remarked: “Historical subjects of this kind are relatively rare in Irish art, and Cork-born Maclise’s technical ability was exceptional.