Treetop attraction: Castlecomer Discovery Park

When the Irish go abroad, they sit on open-top tour buses, visit cultural highlights, and seek out hidden gems. But at home in Ireland? We tend to st(...)

“Old masters” paintings are enjoying a welcome renaissance in the fickle international art market which might bode well for a powerful painting entitl(...)

‘Portrait of Two Boys’ by Titian and his studio.

During the past decade, the international art market has been dominated by “contemporary art” with paintings by artists like Francis Bacon, Gerhard Ri(...)

‘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Old Master paintings worth a combined €5.5 million – from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House that were withdrawn(...)

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(...)

‘Portrait of a bearded man’ by Rubens - part of the Beit collection which had been due for auction this month

A legal challenge by An Taisce alleging export licences were not lawfully issued by the National Gallery of Ireland for a number of valuable paintings(...)

Beit painting: Lot Number 83 John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) ’Yew Court, Scalby, on a November night’ which sold for £56,250

The first of the Beit paintings from Russborough House have been sold in London for a combined total of £112,500 (approximately €156,000). The first o(...)

A detail from Portrait of a Bearded Man by Peter Paul Rubens.

A legal challenge by An Taisce has been brought alleging export licences were not lawfully issued for 10 paintings, some of which are scheduled for sa(...)

‘One of the best of the Beit paintings to be sold at Christie’s is David Teniers’s depiction of a Flemish country dance, the Kermesse (detail, above). As a work of art, it is delightfully anarchic, with groups of people dancing, shouting, pointing and reeling with intoxication. As a depiction for the dance around the notion of the “public trust” in this whole affair, it is all too symbolic.’

It is an awkward word for an awkward action: deaccessioning. The very fact that it was necessary to make up a new word for it suggests that what is go(...)

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(...)