Baroque masters, modern Irish art and 18th-century Japanese prints are all covered in the spring exhibition programmes of Dublin’s main museums and galleries. Read on to find out which to see first.
This major exhibition of work by the Italian painter Caravaggio and those he influenced – known as ‘the Caravaggisti’ – is the result of a collaboration between the National Galleries of Ireland, Scotland and the UK. At the heart of the show are four of the influential artist’s best-known works; The Taking of Christ (1602) – a permanent resident at the gallery – will be joined by paintings such as Boy Peeling Fruit, (c.1592), Caravaggio’s earliest known work, now a part of the British Royal Collection. Pre-booking is advised for this exhibition, and full-price tickets cost €15.
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square W, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 661 5133
This intriguing collection of petite 1920s and 30s gouache on paper paintings belong to a retired tie maker from New York City. Decorated with abstract Art Deco and Art Nouveau patterns, the rough designs were destined to be put through jacquard weaving machines, shrunk and replicated many times over in order to create necktie patterns. The exhibition at The Douglas Hyde Gallery claims to provide ‘a rare opportunity to see the early stages of everyday designs and patterns that are easily overlooked or taken for granted in their final forms’.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland, +353 1 896 1116
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