Kilkenny City Vocational School students recently visited some of Dublin’s art hotspots.
They started by viewing Ronan Gilespie’s Famine Sculptures on the Quays. Going on from this, they then took in a guided tour of selected works from the National Gallery’s collection.
Sixth year student Chris Cantwell was particularly interested in Francis Danby’s dramatic painting ‘The Opening of the Sixth Seal’ inspired by the Book of Revelations. As a result, the guide gave the students a special talk on this painting.
Kelsey O’ Grady enjoyed seeing a real Monet, and she impressed the guide with her knowledge on the subject. Later, the students visited the Municipal Gallery and were very taken with the Francis Bacon studio and his work on display in the exhibition attached to it.
The group enjoyed seeing the paintings and sculptures in real scale and up close - perhaps having previously only seen them as reproductions.