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Living Paintings

Works of Art from Irish Galleries

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Available braille grades:

This collection enables you to explore the richness of paintings hanging in galleries throughout Ireland. From its fascinating history and stunning scenery, to the spectacle of a jolly Liffey Swim. Plus some international big names, El Greco and Fra Angelico, complete this historical treasure trove!

Listen to an audio clip

It is low tide on a cool autumn day and the beach is busy with traders and villagers, buying and selling, inspecting the wares and gossiping amongst themselves. All this activity is, however, the background setting to the figure of a young woman in characteristic local costume whom Thaddeus has presented in loving detail. The girl stands on the left hand side of the painting looking across in an amused way at the figure of a young lad with a shrimping net over his shoulder and a basket of shrimps in his hands. He seems to be crying his wares, and from the wide grin on his face, possibly adding some cheeky remarks. The atmosphere of light-hearted banter is lowered as one becomes aware of an old woman chestnut seller kneeling in the bottom right foreground.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

St. George and the Dragon by an unknown Icon painter of the Novgorod School
Attempted Martyrdom of Sts Cosmas and Damian with their Brothers by Fra Angelico
Katherine Knoblauch by Conrad Faber
St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata by El Greco
The Castle at Bentheim by Jacob van Ruisdael
Portrait of Barry and Burke in the Characters of Ulysses and a Companion Fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus by James Barry
Scene in County Wicklow by James O’Connor
Market Day, Finistere by Henry Jones Thaddeus
Under the Cherry Tree by Sir John Lavery
The Liffey Swim by Jack B Yeats

What our members say

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Delightful album It is a delightful album and so varied with myth and legend of St. George and Ulysses, religious and secular, a dramatic castle and peaceful landscapes and busy market scenes. Finally the excitement of the Liffey Swim, the history of not only the artist and picture but also the occasion. Library Member
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