The Taking of Christ (cropped) by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, oil on canvas. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

In his time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) was the most conspicuous example of a new kind of artist, one that has become familiar as a(...)

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Old Master paintings worth a combined €5.5 million – from the Alfred Beit Collection at Russborough House that were withdrawn(...)

Visitors last week at the annual Turner exhibition in the National Gallery, which runs for the month of  January. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The National Gallery of Ireland will finally reopen to the public in mid-June after being largely closed for more than six years, gallery director Sea(...)

Art handlers prepare Aran 2005, a selection of black and white photographs which were part of an exhibition by artist Sean Scully at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish Museums Survey 2016, which was published in December, aims to provide an overview of the state of museums in Ireland north and south of the (...)

At a preview of the IMMA Collection; Freud Project 2016-2021 which will open to the public on Friday 21st October, at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What were your cultural highlights for the year gone by? Mick O’Dea did well in getting his outstanding 1916 show in early, in January, before an end(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, from the Jesuit collection known as “the O’Brien Library”, which will go under the hammer in a major auction at Sotheby’s next June. Photograph from Sotheby’s

The Jesuit Order in Ireland is to dispose of its internationally important collection of rare books and mediaeval manuscripts valued at more than €2 m(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the National Gallery of Ireland: “We can make Ireland the first country in the world to guarantee access for every child to tuition and participation in art, music, drama and coding.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There was a broad welcome across the arts and culture sectors for the Government’s new five-year plan, Creative Ireland, which was launched by the Tao(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys:  Creative Ireland/Clár Éire Ildánach will promote culture and creativity across art forms and media over the next five years. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Every child in the country will be given the opportunity to develop their musical creativity and skills as part of an ambitious new five-year Governme(...)

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