National Gallery

Essays on art in the National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery: The Liffey Swim and Islandbridge Regatta by Jack B. Yeats

Hand in your coats, turn right and you’ll come to the Yeats Rooms. The two paintings hang side by side on your left. One, The Liffey Swim, is probably one of the most famous modern Irish works. The other, Islandbridge Regatta, its dream-twin. The Liffey Swim teems with humanity- painted in 1923 this is hopeful vision of a city united after the Civil War. The familiar shape of Capel Street bridge is a gentle hint of the context for this …

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El Greco – St Francis Receiving The Stigmata

El Greco’s St Francis Receiving The Stigmata is the first of a series of short reflections on pieces in the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square. I do have a rather handsome photograph of the painting, which I would like to post alongside the essay, but unfortunately the copyright provisions of the National Gallery seek to prevent me from doing so. So to both our detriments, I will link from the article to this picture, which doesn’t really do …

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