Benfactors: Sir Alfred and Lady Beit at Russborough House in 1978 with Adoration of the Shepherds, by Adriaen van Ostade, one of paintings destined for Christie’s. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

On Saturday, March 20th, 1976, this newspaper reported that Russborough House, the Co Wicklow home of Sir Alfred Beit and Lady Beit, was to open to th(...)

Portrait of a bearded man, in three-quarter profile – Rubens (1577-1640).  Photograph: The Irish Times

The National Gallery of Ireland has said it cannot be blamed for allowing valuable paintings from the Alfred Beit collection to leave the country. Th(...)

Art and politics: Sean Scully. Photograph courtsey of Sean Scully Studio, New York

Sean Scully is what some people might call a man’s man. This year the artist will celebrate his 70th birthday. He’s tall, lean and broad-shouldered, w(...)

James Arthur O’Connor. A View of Irishtown from Sandymount, (c 1823) Private collection. Photograph: Courtesy of Pyms Gallery

A wire-strung harp made for a County Cork clergyman in the 1730s; playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s snuffbox; the silver mace once carried on cer(...)

Sean Lynch. Photograph: Deirdre Power

Sean Lynch is one of a handful of Irish artists to have studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. They don’t give you a degree or a(...)

The damaged Claude Monet painting entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sail Boat (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare Street, Dublin.

A man has gone on trial accused of damaging a €10 million Monet painting in the National Gallery four years ago and damaging two paintings in the Shel(...)

Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat hanging once again in the National Gallery after being unveiled this morning.

A Claude Monet painting, which was damaged when a man allegedly put his hand through it has gone back on display in the National Gallery after extensi(...)

At the launch of the Hennessy/National Gallery of Ireland inaugural  portrait prize, from left: judges Donald Teskey, Janet McLean, Cristín Leach Hugh and Dr Declan Long. The portraits shown   are Evie Hone by Hilda van Stockum  and Seamus Heaney by Jackie Nickerson. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Hennessy Portrait Prize, aimed at raising the public profile of contemporary portraiture, has been launched b(...)

A tourist who witnessed a €10 million Claude Monet painting being damaged said he saw the accused man “lift his fist and put it through the painting”.(...)

The director of the National Gallery of Ireland Sean Rainbird. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

A €40,000 additional payment to the director of the National Gallery of Ireland did not represent a top-up of his salary, the chair of the gallery’s b(...)