No gallery space for restored masterpiece until 2016
RESTORATION work on one of Ireland's most revered paintings is finished – but the public won't get to see it until 2016.
Conservation of the enormous painting 'The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife', by Daniel Maclise, began in September 2010.
The three-year project, financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch as part of its international art conservation initiative, is now complete with only some minor work on the frame still to be done.
However, a spokesman for the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) told the Irish Independent the painting would not go on public display for another three years as renovation work is being carried out in the gallery buildings on Merrion Square in Dublin, where the painting was due to be displayed.
"The piece can't be put up for public view until this space becomes available, because the piece is so large," said the gallery's communications officer Valerie Keogh.
The renovation work on the historic building on Merrion Square will not be completed until "some time" in 2016, she added.
'The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife' is one of Ireland's best-known paintings, dating from 1854. It depicts the marriage of Princess Aoife, daughter of Dermot MacMurrough, to the Norman leader Strongbow, following the capture of Waterford in the 12th Century.