Masterpiece: Ireland's Favourite Painting

"When it was exhibited by Burton in 1864 it caused a sensation...and I think it's because it's such a romantic image, it's so beautiful."

Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, NGI

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610), 'The Taking of Christ', 1602

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610), 'The Taking of Christ', 1602

"Nothing can compare to the combined visual and emotional impact of Caravaggio's Taking of Christ."

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Detail from portrait photograph of Paul Henry taken from 'Further reminiscences: Paul Henry' by Mabel Henry; Blackstaff Press in association with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 1973
Detail from William John Leech (Irish, 1881-1968), 'A Convent Garden, Brittany', c.1913

William John Leech (Irish, 1881-1968), 'A Convent Garden, Brittany', c.1913

"The lightness and purity of the colours and composition fill me with calm when admiring it."

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Detail from Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675), 'A Lady Writing a Letter, with her Maid', c.1670

Johannes Vermeer (Dutch, 1632-1675), 'A Lady Writing a Letter, with her Maid', c.1670

"A magnificent painting that will be around for many centuries to come..."

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Detail from John Lavery (Irish, 1856-1941), 'The Artist's Studio: Lady Hazel Lavery with her Daughter Alice and Stepdaughter Eileen', 1909-1913

John Lavery (Irish, 1856-1941), 'The Artist's Studio', 1909-1913

"The tension between Hazel, Lavery's second wife, and her step-daughter Alice is palpable."

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Detail of Louis le Brocquy, 'A Family', 1951