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National Gallery of Ireland

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The National Gallery of Ireland collection contains over 15,000 artworks, representing every major European School of painting through watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture. With works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio and Goya, the National Gallery of Ireland also houses a renowned collection of Irish paintings dating from the 17th century to the 20th centuries, including works by Jack B. Yeats.


  • Collections of painting and sculpture dating from 13th – 20th century
  • Summer Leonardo drawings exhibition
  • Caravaggio, ‘The Taking of Christ’

Did you know

- Founder of the gallery, William Dargan, built the first railway in Ireland

- Nathaniel Hone’s ‘The Conjuror’ was the subject of the first ever one-man show in the British Isles

- Rembrandt opened his own studio when he was just 19!


Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art (8th October 2016 – 17th January 2017)

This exhibition will represent the Gallery’s principal contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. It will comprise some 50 paintings spanning the 17th century to the 1930s, depicting or inspired by episodes in Irish history from the early 5th-century arrival of St. Patrick to the establishment of the Free State. On display will be paintings from the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection, complemented by loans from public and private collections in Ireland and overseas. Works on display will include Jan Wyck (c.1640-1700), The Battle of the Boyne; Francis Wheatley (1747-1801) The Dublin Volunteers on College Green, 4th November 1779; and Joseph Patrick Haverty (1794-1864), The Monster Meeting at Clifden in 1843. Other artists represented in the exhibition include James Barry, Charles Russell, John Lavery, Richard Thomas Moynan, Sean Keating and Jack B. Yeats. An illustrated publication to accompany the exhibition  (edited by Brendan Rooney) will include essays from Tom Dunne, Ruth Kenny, Mary Jane Boland, Emily Mark Fitzgerald, Róisín Kennedy, and Roy F. Foster.

J.M.W Turner (1 - 31 January 2017)

Discover famed British watercolourist J.M.W Turner's works with this intimate exhibition of selections from his Liber Studiorum prints. One of history's best-loved English Romantic artists, Turner is known as the 'painter of the light' due to his inspiring use of bright colours in his landscapes and seascapes. In 1807, Turner published a series of over 70 prints with marine, architectural and country themes in the Liber Studiorum. 

There are free public tours and children’s workshops at weekends.

Beyond Caravaggio (11 February - 14 May 2017)

This dramatic touring exhibition features powerful works of master artist Caravaggio and a number of later painters who were influenced by him. Renowned for his work with shadows to create cinematic-style portraits, over 40 of his works will be shown at the National Gallery this year. 

The Art of Margaret Clarke RHA (1884-1964) (13 May – 20 August 2017)

This exhibition will re-evaluate the work of this once well-regarded member of the art world, whose reputation has faded from popularity. The exhibition will examine the development of Margaret Clarke’s style, from her time at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art through to her later period when she produced a number of striking works based on diverse themes. Immediate likenesses of Clarke’s family and close friends, attesting to her skill as a sensitive, perceptive portraitist, will be shown alongside commissioned portraits.

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry (17 June– 17 September 2017)

We suggest visitors check our website in early May to book online for this exhibition. The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin is organising a landmark exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre, Paris, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition will explore the fascinating network of relationships between Johannes Vermeer and Dutch genre painters of the period 1650–1675.

Frederic William Burton (25 October 2017 – 14 January 2018)

This exhibition presents an opportunity to look afresh at the work of Frederic William Burton (1816-1900). The exhibition will explore all aspects of his career as an artist, including his early portrait miniatures and subjects inspired by the West of Ireland. It will also look at his period in Germany, and his tenure as director of the National Gallery, London.

How to get there:

    Bus: 4, 7, 8 to Merrion Square North & Clare Street, 39A to Merrion Row, 46A to Dawson Street & Nassau Street
    LUAS: Green Line to St Stephen's Green

see the: full list of attractions included

Monday 09.15 - 17.30
Tuesday 09.15 - 17.30
Wednesday 09.15 - 17.30
Thursday 09.15 - 20.30
Friday 09.15 - 17.30
Saturday 09.15 - 17.30
Sunday 11.00 - 17.30
Last Admission: 15 mins before closing

Closed: Good Friday, 24th, 25th and 26th December

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