Caravaggio 25 Years \ Celebrating a Masterpiece
On 16 November 1993, there was talk of a light rail being built to connect the airport to Dublin city centre. It was reported that 15% of Irish primary school students were missing school regularly. Sleepless in Seattle was in Irish cinemas. And, most importantly, a very special event took place in the National Gallery of Ireland. The Taking of Christ (1602) by Caravaggio was unveiled to the public for the first time.
To mark this twenty-five year anniversary, we have a new display, comprising photographs, ephemera and rare books from the Gallery's Library and Archive collections, which reveals the remarkable history of the painting and how it ended up in Dublin.
On view now in Room 41. Admission free.
We are grateful to the Jesuit Community, Leeson Street, for placing the painting on indefinite loan to the Gallery, acknowledging the generosity of Dr Marie Lea-Wilson, who had presented the picture to them.
Read on to discover the web of people and circumstances behind the painting.