Analysis and Conservation

"We are privileged to support the National Gallery in conserving this incredible piece of Irish history."

Peter Keegan, Country Executive for Ireland, Bank of America Merrill Lynch .

The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife | Analysis and Conservation

Saving a National Treasure

The Restoration Project

Take a closer look at the restoration of this 150 year old iconic masterpiece commemorating one of the most decisive moments in Irish history.

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Project Images
Detail from Daniel Maclise, 'The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife', 1854

The Painting

Find out more about why it was painted and where it was painted for. Learn about the characters and symbols in this epic painting.

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The Gallery has produced a series of short films about the project, including the history of the painting, sponsorship, the work of the Conservation Department and the challenges involved in the restoration so far. 

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Saving a National Treasure

The Artist

Born in Cork, Daniel Maclise moved to London where he became a well known painter and book illustrator of the Victorian era.

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Saving a National Treasure

Maclise in the NGI collection

Daniel Maclise worked in a variety of media. Discover other works by the artist that are held in the collection.

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Conservation Challenges