Ireland's Favourite Painting
"When it was exhibited by Burton in 1864 it caused a sensation...and I think it's because it's such a romantic image, it's so beautiful."
Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, NGI
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Italian, 1571-1610), 'The Taking of Christ', 1602
"Nothing can compare to the combined visual and emotional impact of Caravaggio's Taking of Christ."see more
William John Leech (Irish, 1881-1968), 'A Convent Garden, Brittany', c.1913
"The lightness and purity of the colours and composition fill me with calm when admiring it."see more
Video clips from RTE One's 'Masterpiece, Ireland's Favourite Painting' are available on the Gallery's YouTube channel.