Christ & His Cousin: Renaissance Rediscoveries

Oil painting of Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist
Bacchiacca (1494-1557), The Virgin and Child with Saint John the Baptist. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit

29 January – 8 May 2022
Hugh Lane Room | Free admission – no booking required

Over the last fifteen years, a selection of sixteenth-century Italian paintings from the national collection have been carefully conserved by the Gallery’s Head of Conservation, Simone Mancini. This free exhibition will showcase eight works depicting the Madonna and her infant child, Jesus Christ, with his cousin Saint John the Baptist. Many of these dramatically restored paintings have never been displayed before. Christ & His Cousin: Renaissance Rediscoveries will explore the symbolism and traditions that underpin these playful and lively compositions, and encourage visitors to reconsider what are often dismissed as conventional and familiar images.

Made possible with the support of a private donor.

Curator: Dr Aoife Brady

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