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Saturday 21 July 2018

Romance takes centre stage at gallery launch

Culture Minister Heather Humphreys, centre, at the opening of ‘Frederick William Burton: For the Love of Art’ at the National Gallery with director Sean Rainbird and curator Dr Marie Bourke Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Culture Minister Heather Humphreys, centre, at the opening of ‘Frederick William Burton: For the Love of Art’ at the National Gallery with director Sean Rainbird and curator Dr Marie Bourke Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

Love was in the air last night as Culture Minister Heather Humphreys officially opened the National Gallery's new exhibition featuring one of its most romantic paintings.

'Hellelil and Hildebrand, the meeting on the turret stairs', painted by Frederic William Burton in 1864, is one of the gallery's most popular paintings, particularly among those of a romantic inclination.

In 2012, the watercolour, showing a clandestine meeting between tragic lovers, was voted as Ireland's favourite painting in a public vote.

It will now take centre stage in a new exhibition, 'Frederic William Burton: For the Love of Art'. It runs until January 14. Tickets cost from €5-€15.

Irish Independent

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