8 October 2016 to 15 January 2017
This exhibition represents the Gallery’s principal contribution to Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries – the programme of commemorations relating to the significant events in Irish history that took place between 1912 and 1922. ‘Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art’ will bring together over 50 paintings spanning the seventeenth century to the 1930s, depicting or inspired by episodes in Irish history from the early fifth century arrival of St. Patrick to the establishment of the Free State.
A large number of paintings in the exhibition will be drawn from the Gallery’s collection. Many of these will have undergone extensive conservation in preparation for this show, such as Jan Wyck’s ‘The Battle of the Boyne’; Francis Wheatley’s ‘The Dublin Volunteers on College Green, 4th November 1779’ and Joseph Patrick Haverty’s ‘The Monster Meeting at Clifden’. Other artists represented in the exhibition include James Barry, Charles Russell, John Lavery, Richard Thomas Moynan, Seán Keating and Jack B. Yeats, complemented by loans from public and private collections in Ireland and overseas.
Dr Brendan Rooney, Curator of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland.
A lavishly illustrated book, edited by Brendan Rooney and with contributions by Tom Dunne, Ruth Kenny, Mary Jane Boland, Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Róisín Kennedy, Claire Crowley, Katy Milligan and Roy F. Foster, will be published to coincide with the exhibition (Irish Academic Press, €24.95pb).
A free audio guide, produced by Acoustiguide Ltd will accompany the exhibition. The guide is in English and Irish.
Talks and Events:
A programme of talks and ancillary events will take place in October and November.
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