Minister for Arts to launch the National Gallery’s 'Treasured Sheets' exhibition and new ‘Masterpieces’ app.

Treasure Sheets 

PRESS RELEASE: 10 April 2013

The exhibition and app are presented as part of the visual arts programme celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.

Opening Reception sponsored by Hennessy.

Samsung is a technology partner of the National Gallery of Ireland.


The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD, will this evening (Wednesday, April 10), celebrate the National Gallery’s exhibition, ‘Treasured Sheets: European Works from the Collection’ and launch the new ‘Masterpieces’ app, as part of the programme of visual arts celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union 2013.

The exhibition, ‘Treasured Sheets’ features over 40 master drawings and prints from the Gallery’s collection spanning the fifteenth to the twentieth century. Curated by Anne Hodge and Niamh MacNally, the exhibition explores the richness and mastery of drawing in different media by European artists: Andrea Mantegna, Antonio del Pollaiuolo, Edgar Degas, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Gainsborough, Emil Nolde, Paul Klee, Alberto Giacometti, Francis Wheatley, Daniel Maclise and Paul Henry. The exhibition continues until 3 June 2013. Admission is free.

To coincide with the celebration of the exhibition, the Minister for Arts will launch the National Gallery of Ireland’s new ‘Masterpieces’ app which provides content on up to 100 of the Gallery’s top paintings and sculpture featuring works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin, William Hogarth, James Barry, William Orpen, John Lavery, Jack Yeats and Louis le Brocquy. The app also includes content from selected works in the ‘Treasured Sheets’ exhibition. Using VSTORY image recognition technology, the app will enable visitors to interact directly with objects and images from the collection. The ‘Masterpieces’ app is developed for the National Gallery of Ireland by Acoustiguide. It is available in several languages (English, Irish, Italian, Spanish, German, French and Polish) and can be downloaded free to all iOS (apple) devices and most Android devices.

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, commented:

“The National Gallery of Ireland’s new app, featuring up to 100 art works from the permanent collection, gives everyone greater access to the treasures of the Gallery. With advanced development of online and digital technologies, the national collections at our museums, galleries, libraries and archives are getting more accessible than ever. This is very welcome as the visitors, users and audiences of the 21st century are increasingly drawn from across the globe.”

The National Gallery’s exhibition and app are presented as part of the Cultural Programme of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union.

Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union