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“Great masters of arts for free” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Charlemont House | Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, Ireland
353 1 222 5550
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Ranked #34 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is the oldest Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art. Visit the Gallery to see our great collections of paintings, sculpture, drawings and Francis Bacon's studio.
Cartama, Spain
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“Great masters of arts for free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The Hugh Lane Gallery is a very well-located exhibition centre where you can see pieces of well-known artists such as Manet, Renoir and Pissarro, among many others. The Eve of St. Agnes stained glass at the very start is a must-see! I've never seen such a detailed and impressive stained glass like that. The building itself is amazing and the space is massive. It's just a shame you can't take pictures inside the gallery. You can also have a look in person at the Francis Bacon studio and feel the whole atmosphere of a real atelier. It's an all original mess, as if Bacon had just left the room! There's also a very complete and eclectic bookstore towards the reception. If you really enjoy arts and its different techniques it's a place to go every week!

Visited October 2013
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Very impressed with the Gallery, collection of works and in particular of Irish Artists. What a lovely place to spend a few hours.

Visited September 2013
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“Underrated.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

There is a lovely laid back atmosphere here. The small stained glass room, Les Parapluies (with the 'reworked' woman on the left showing the fairly dramatic change in Renoir's later style), and the Melvyn Bragg interview with the late Francis Bacon are well worth a look/listen.

Visited August 2013
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Ireland
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“Haven for Irish Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This historic gallery really needs to be visited if you are A) interested in art, and B) interested in Irish art and what the exhibits there reveal about how Irish artists have worked, both historically and in the contemporary world. It includes a rich collection which varies from paintings by John Lavery, to Nathaniel Hone, Evie Hone, Nano Reid, and right on to the work of Sean Scully. Interestingly, it also has reconstructed the studio of Francis Bacon, the London-based artist, in all its glory. There is a performance area in the gallery as well, in which Sunday morning concerts are sometimes held - these are free, as the gallery itself is. Downstairs the excellent if slightly pricey cafe does a good business and is a really pleasant place to lunch or snack. Good coffee too. But more importantly, the current director Barbara Dawson has long ensured that this historically important gallery continues to respond to the time-line of Irish painting. Painting styles range from the traditional, the representative, to semi-abstract, abstract, and abstract-expressionist, as well as some conceptual art. Overall it's an excellent place.

Visited September 2012
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“Spend a day there......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

This is one place that you could spend an entire day just meandering around the gallery - some fantastic paintings and lots of Irish art - go there!

Visited August 2013
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