Sean Rainbird

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From the Orpen archive. Photograph:  National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland has acquired an archive of more than 400 letters and drawings by Sir William Orpen – one of Ireland’s best-known arti(...)

Arts Council director Orlaith McBride. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The board of the Arts Council has received approval from the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys to offer a new contract (...)

President Higgins is escorted by  Sean Rainbird, director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and the Italian ambassador, Giovanni Adorni Braccesi, to the reading. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was one of those events where you sensed a greater than usual interest in the announcement about the location of the emergency exits. A(...)

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(...)

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