Shining light on Turner work at National Gallery

THE 2013 January exhibition of watercolours by JMW Turner at the National Gallery of Ireland includes the entire Vaughan bequest and five other watercolours acquired in recent years.

Shining light on Turner work at National Gallery

In 1900 the gallery accepted a bequest of 31 drawings and watercolours by Turner from English collector Henry Vaughan (1809-99).

The stipulation was that the works would be displayed only in January when natural light levels are at their lowest.

Over the years this annual show has become one of the major attractions in the gallery’s exhibition calendar.

This year a new catalogue The Works of JMW Turner at the National Gallery of Ireland by the curators Anne Hodge and Niamh MacNally is published with the support of Unicredit Bank Ireland plc.

In 2013, the National Gallery of Ireland will present a programme of temporary exhibitions which will explore the breadth and significance of the gallery’s collection of Irish and European works of art. This will coincide with Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union and tourism initiatives like The Gathering.

There will also be an opportunity to display more of the gallery’s recent acquisitions, including Colin Davidson’s portrait of the poet and anthologist, Michael Longley and William Crozier’s Flanders Fields.

The exhibition continues until Jan 31.

Van Gogh rarities at fair

An exhibition of rarely seen drawings by Vincent van Gogh will be among the highlights of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) at Maastricht from Mar 15-24 next. The 15 works from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam have been specially chosen to illustrate his development as an artist.

In 2013 TEFAF will focus on the three core values of excellence, expertise and elegance. More than 260 of the world’s finest art, antiques and design dealers bring their best pieces, resulting in an extraordinary array of work for sale.

This includes one of the earliest pieces by the photography pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, a painting by Jan Brueghel the Elder which has been owned by the same Italian nobles since it was painted in 1594, and a Picasso tile dating from 1957.

This year TEFAF, which attracts important private collectors, museum curators and art market professionals, has undergone a major redesign including a special system of hidden lighting.

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