Painting by Andrea Jameson at the walled garden at Tourin, Co Waterford

A walled garden has a particular mood in the context of an Irish country house garden. Serene and secluded, it can be a place of solace away from the (...)

Charles Hill, pictured circa 2007, was a Scotland Yard detective whose investigations, often undercover, led to the recovery of Munch’s masterpiece The Scream as well as stolen paintings by Vermeer and Titian. Photograph: Richard Ansett via New York Times

Charles Hill, a Scotland Yard detective, stood inside a house in Norway and beheld the artistic treasure he had been searching for: The Scream, Edvard(...)

Dance of Time III by Salvador Dali being installed in the gardens at Russborough House in Co Wicklow

Mad man, con man or genius? The jury is still out on Salvador Dalí, the Spanish surrealist painter and master of self-promotion, whose largest collect(...)

Russborough House which is run by the Alfred Beit Foundation. The house is reopening to the public after major refurbishment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Russborough House in Blessington, Co Wicklow – one of Ireland’s grandest stately homes – has just reopened to the public for the 2018 season. During t(...)

‘Adoration of the Shepherds’ by  Adriaen van Ostade (1610-1685)

What is it? It is an Old Master painting, The Adoration of the Shepherds by 17th-century Dutch artist Adriaen van Ostade. The oil-on-canvas was made(...)

‘A Village Kermesse Near Antwerp’  by David Teniers II which Lochlann Quinn bought for €2 million and donated to the National Gallery of Ireland

Two 17th-century Flemish Old Master paintings worth a combined €5.5 million – from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House that were withdrawn(...)

Russborough House: a  spokesman said the 200-acre estate near Blessington had “about 105,000 visitors” in 2016 – a new record. Photograph: Eric Luke

The threatened closure of Russborough House, the stately home in Co Wicklow, has been averted following the sale of old master paintings from its coll(...)

Russborough House, near Blessington in Co Wicklow, built  in 1741.

For a few decades in the second half of the 20th century, Russborough House near Blessington, Co Wicklow was an unlikely home to one of the world’s mo(...)

Aurora and Cephalus, a drawing by François Boucher, went for £74,500 at Christie’s

Auction results Tuesday (July 5th) Christie’s, London. Auction of Old Master Drawings. Aurora and Cephalus, a drawing by François Boucher (sold b(...)

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit in Russborough House. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

The saga surrounding the sale of Old Master paintings from the Beit collection has acquired a Groundhog Day quality. The Alfred Beit Foundation has an(...)

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