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J.M.W. Turner’s Dawn of Christianity (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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Art UK

A wide selection of beautiful art prints from our collection can be purchased, both framed and unframed, from the Art UK website.

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Girl over Jumps — the Huntress

Girl over Jumps — the Huntress

conor collection girl over jump / the huntress...

Isaac W. Ward 1834-1916 ('Belfastiensis') (c.1895-1905)

Isaac W. Ward 1834-1916 ('Belfastiensis') (c.1895-1905)

Portrait of Isaac W. Ward ('Belfastiensis'). An older man with white hair and beard he wears a black suit and bowtie. Sat in a wooden chair he places ...

Self-Portrait (c.1854)

Self-Portrait (c.1854)

Self portrait by Nicholas Joseph Crowley. Paint palette in hand. He wears a dark suit and white, high collared, shirt....

Bundoran Sands: Stormy Day

Bundoran Sands: Stormy Day

Lanscape of the seaside. The sky is darkened and sea is unsettled....

The Betrayal (1922-23)

The Betrayal (1922-23)

Spencer’s work embraced religious and figure studies, landscapes and portraits. Born at Cookham, Berkshire, he trained at the Slade School, London fro...

Self-Portrait (c.1912)

Self-Portrait (c.1912)

A self portrait of John McBurney with brown beard and mustache. Dressed in a brown suit and waistcoat he wears a matching brown hat. He holds a ciggar...

Park, St. Doulough's

Park, St. Doulough's

Landscape of St.Douloughs Park...

St. Francis in Prayer

St. Francis in Prayer

St. Francis kneeling at prayer. Bible and cross placed infront of him on a rock....

Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt  1714-77 (c.1772-75)

Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt 1714-77 (c.1772-75)

Portrait of Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt. Wears a dark blue jacket with bronze coloured buttons and a white shirt with a ruffled lace collar....

Landscape with Windmills

Landscape with Windmills

Landscape featuring two windmills. Figures are are at work. Horses and carts dotted along the path....

Waiting for the Tide

Waiting for the Tide

Boat in foreground at low tide. Sea in background. Figure at shore....

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