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J.M.W. Turner’s The Dawn of Christianity (The Flight into Egypt) (1841) is one of the most popular pieces in National Museums NI painting collection. Depicting Mary, Joseph and the infant Christ fleeing into Egypt to escape King Herod it is just one of the many striking, and historically significant, works that can be found in our collection.

Irish painting from the 17th century to the present

The Ulster Museum’s art collection has some of the finest Irish art found anywhere in the world. It includes scenes by Jack Butler Yeats, William Conor’s depictions of working class life in Belfast, and the vibrant and precise canvases of John Luke. Sir John Lavery’s grand, yet intimate, paintings were a significant gift to collection by the artist in 1929.

Works by contemporary artists continue to be collected such as. Rita Duffy and Willie Doherty.

British painting from the 17th century to the present.

The Ulster Museum is home to notable examples of paintings by the British masters. We hold portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. Turner’s magnificent The Dawn of Christianity, donated to the museum in 1913, is a major highlight of this era.

International painting from the 20th century to the present.

British and international post-war art is at the core of Ulster Museum’s painting collection. We hold works by celebrated artists such as Francis Bacon, Ben Nicholson, and a piece by Morris Louis, an early champion of Colour Field painting.

Dutch, Flemish, and Italian painting from the 17th to the 19th century

Ulster Museum’s collection of Dutch, Flemish, and Italian painting demonstrates the significant influence that these traditions have had on British and Irish art. The highlights of the collection include two panel works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, and Jacob Jordaens’ St Christopher Carrying the Christ Child.

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Cows under Trees

Cows under Trees

Large trees and cows resting beneath them....

Spring in Autumn (1967)

Spring in Autumn (1967)

This was one of Hitchens's favourite paintings. It was painted out of doors at his home in West Sussex, stimulated by the landscape there. It was one ...

Portrait of George Russell ('AE') 1867 - 1935 (1929)

Portrait of George Russell ('AE') 1867 - 1935 (1929)

Described by Crookshank and Glin (Ireland’s Painters, p.299) as one of the great portraits of the first half of the twentieth century, this painting o...

Le Gouter au Jardin (1903)

Le Gouter au Jardin (1903)

Le Sidaner painted landscapes, interiors and flowers but specialized in scenes showing tables in courtyards. After 1901, when he settled at Gerberoy, ...

William McCammond

William McCammond

Oil painting on canvas, A. C. Stannus, 'William McCammond' (framed)...

A Lough Neagh Fisherman (1920)

A Lough Neagh Fisherman (1920)

Silhouetted against a pale blue sky, this handsome young fisherman cuts a romantic figure as he gazes directly at the spectator, hat set at a jaunty a...

The Wedding Feast at Cana (after Paolo Veronese) (1867)

The Wedding Feast at Cana (after Paolo Veronese) (1867)

Born at Grenoble, Fantin-Latour studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and in the Atelier of Gleyre. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1861 a...

Captain Waddell Cunningham 1730-97 (c.1786)

Captain Waddell Cunningham 1730-97 (c.1786)

Portrait of Captain Waddell Cunningham in uniform. Red jacket with black collar and golden epaulette....

Four-Masted Barque ‘Lord Wolseley’ (1916)

Four-Masted Barque ‘Lord Wolseley’ (1916)

'Four Masted Bargue Lord Wolseley' (1916)...

Miss Theodosia Magill (1744-1817), afterwards Countess of Clanwilliam 1765

Miss Theodosia Magill (1744-1817), afterwards Countess of Clanwilliam 1765

This portrait was painted to celebrate Theodosia Magill's marriage to Sir John Meade in 1765. The work dates from Gainsborough's period in Bath 1759-7...

'...morning workers pass...'

'...morning workers pass...'

This is one of a series of paintings which Rita Donagh exhibited in Manchester in 1977 under the general title "Disturbance." They were inspired by pr...

Gortahork (2) (1967)

Gortahork (2) (1967)

Gortahork (2) belongs to a set of paintings collectively entitled Boglands. The work was composed from drawings of beaches in the Gortahork area of C...

Current (1962-63)

Current (1962-63)

Educated mainly in America, Barrie Cooke has lived and worked in Ireland since the 1950s. Before turning to painting at Harvard, he considered a caree...

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