Dublin – National Gallery of Ireland

I’ve been to the National Gallery of Dublin a couple of times before, but have forgotten about that as well (there’s a theme here). As entrance is free, I pre-booked tickets for Liam and I to spend an hour here before going to another museum nearby, the Archaeology Museum. It’s quite a substantial gallery, larger than I remember, although that’s not entirely surprising as I don’t remember it.

The galleries weren’t exactly packed with visitors, although it was busier than these photos suggest.

I thought that this was quite eye-catching.

Anyway, I took photos of several of the artworks, always with the intention of writing some sparkling commentary about them. I’m not sure that’ll be happening, but I did note that there were paintings by artists including Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Sisley, Monet, Caravaggio, Rubens, Gainsborough and Hogarth. My own highlight was “Parody of Raphael’s School of Athens” by Joshua Reynolds, but more on that in another post.

Anyway, all recommended, not just because it’s free, but also because the staff were particularly friendly, the galleries are substantial and everything is clearly labelled. An hour isn’t really long enough for a comprehensive visit, but allowed for a reasonable walk around the collections.