These four rooms showcase European art from the early eighteenth to the middle of the nineteenth century.
Room 48 highlights Rococo, a period of decorative and visual delight, represented by French painters such as Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Jean-BaptisteSiméon Chardin, alongside their contemporaries William Hogarth and Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini.
Room 47 displays the Neoclassical era, with outstanding paintings by Francisco de Goya, Thomas Gainsborough, Henry Raeburn and François Gerard.
Room 46 displays the arrival of Romanticism, reflected by the work of, among others, Thomas Lawrence and David Wilkie and the Irish artist Daniel Maclise.
Finally, Room 45 is dedicated to the ‘Grand Tour’, containing works collected by wealthy travellers to southern Europe, including portraits by Pompeo Batoni, views of Rome and Dresden and antique sculpture.
Descriptions of the paintings
The paintings in this room are listed in our online collection. Click on the links below to browse the works by room, and read descriptions.
This project was generously supported by the Annenberg Foundation.
Virtual Tour: The Grand Gallery
Each work of art in the Grand Gallery has a link to Ireland
Virtual Tour: Irish Art 1670 - 1835
Wander through Room 21 and explore some Irish art
Virtual tour of the National Gallery of Ireland
Take a virtual tour around some of the Gallery spaces
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