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3 Most Famous Paintings of the National Gallery of Ireland

One day, a railway magnate and engineer offered to exhibit his personal collection of works of art, this happened at the very beginning of the 1850s. The popularity of this department at the Great Industrial Exhibition of 1853 in the backyard of Leinster House turned out to be enormous. So much so that it was subsequently decided to create a permanent public collection of a wide variety of works of art. A lawyer named John Edward Pigot (1822-1871) became a major figure in the creation of the museum in 1854, and ten years later – in 1864 – the museum opened its doors for the first time.

The museum’s collection began with just 112 paintings, but has steadily and continually expanded throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The building also underwent changes, one of the last being completed in 2002, when another wing of the structure called “Millennium” was opened. Today it houses an extensive collection of both Irish and European painters.

“The Kiss of Judas” – Caravaggio

Date of creation: 1602
Dimensions: 133.5 x 169.5 centimeters
The Kiss of Judas is a painting by Caravaggio depicting the arrest of Jesus Christ shortly after the Last Supper. This is one of the most important moments in the Passion of Christ – the events leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus according to the Old and New Testaments.

2. “Saints Cosmas and Demian and Their Brothers, Survivors of the Bonfire” – Fra Angelico

Date of creation: 1439-1442
Dimensions: 37 x 46 cm


This is a wonderful work of art by Fra Angelico (lived 1395-1455), an Italian artist of the early Renaissance. Although primarily famous for his frescoes in Florence, Italy, he also created a huge number of panels, including this tempera and work involving gold leaf.

Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid – Johannes Vermeer

Date of creation: 1670-1671
Dimensions: 71.1 x 60.5 cm
“The Lady Writing a Letter with Her Maid” is a painting by Johannes Vermeer that perfectly illustrates the artist’s work. Most of his paintings take place in the Dutch master’s own home, and many of the objects we see in them are repetitive. This may include pictures on the wall, a curtain and a tablecloth on the table.

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