The 2012 auction season is drawing to a close but there are is plenty of art exhibitions to choose from.
The exhibition at the Crawford Gallery in Cork until February 23, Into the Light, draws on recent acquisitions from the Arts Council Collection. The show of works dating since 2000, celebrates the richness of contemporary art practice in Ireland.
Imagining the Divine: The Holy Family in Art is at the National Gallery in Dublin until April 1.
Highlights include The Dawn of Christianity: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by JMW Turner, on loan from the Ulster Museum, and an early Renaissance painted relief of the Virgin and Child from the workshop of Florentine sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiberti.
The show of 13 paintings and drawings features work by Lorenzo di Credi, Guercino and Murillo, and displays how artists through the ages have imagined and depicted the early life of Christ.
In Limerick, an exhibition at the Hunt Museum showcases 26 pencil designs by Pugin until February 1. Designer of buildings, furniture, metalwork and more, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, wallpaper and books Pugin was, more than anyone else, responsible for the adoption of the Gothic Revival.
Best known now as one of the designers of the Palace of Westminster – he designed Big Ben – Pugin was passionate about the application of medieval principles to modern design.
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