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This installation of new works by Hughie O’Donoghue (b. 1953) is one of several events at the National Gallery of Ireland marking the Decade of Centenaries. Addressing memory, history and questions of identity, the series of six large paintings by one of the leading painters of his generation features a number of historical figures. The characters – three Irish and three British – are Irish saint Deirbhile and Anglo-Saxon King Wuffa, Aoife McMurrough and William the Conqueror, and revolutionaries Michael Collins and Emily Davison. The series will be on view in the Gallery’s Shaw Room – for which it was painted – under the gaze of Daniel Maclise’s monumental The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, which inspired it.
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 2022
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