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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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'The Olympia', Dublin (c.1935-36)

'The Olympia', Dublin (c.1935-36)

During the 1930s Maurice MacGonigal painted a series of urban subjects quite different in spirit from the clear and lucid landscapes of the west of Ir...

Skull - Bianco e Vermiglio (1994)

Skull - Bianco e Vermiglio (1994)

This still-life is a thought-provoking image, executed with extreme realism. The artist has said of the painting, 'The title 'bianco e vermiglio' is t...

Give Me to Drink (1949)

Give Me to Drink (1949)

During the late 1940s, Middleton painted a number of works with Biblical themes, of which this is a prime example. Executed with an Expressionist use ...

Landscape with Moose (1980)

Landscape with Moose (1980)

Arthur Boyd is one of a number of Australian artists who, on coming to Britain after the war, proved a major influence on the development of recent Br...

Still Life (1992)

Still Life (1992)

framed and glazed...

Untitled (1959)

Untitled (1959)

Whites marks a point in Scott’s career when his painting assumed a high degree of abstraction. The work has a powerful sense of formality and restrai...

A Man Of The Hills (1910-1913)

A Man Of The Hills (1910-1913)

This tiny panel dates from Paul Henry's early years among the peasants of Achill Island. He shared Jack B Yeats's admiration for the western peasants'...

OhneTitel (1993)

OhneTitel (1993)

Wolfgang Troschke lives and works in Münster and Cologne, Germany. He is one of the best known artists of his generation working in the new Expression...

Mrs. Glen Hamilton (1946)

Mrs. Glen Hamilton (1946)

German born artist, worked in Belfast...

Chez les Sinclair (c.1956)

Chez les Sinclair (c.1956)

Basil Rakoczi was born in England. His father was Hungarian and his mother Irish. Self-taught as a painter, he spent the 1930s moving between London a...

Abstract in Black, White and Indigo (Floating World) (1960 - 1)

Abstract in Black, White and Indigo (Floating World) (1960 - 1)

Though he started as a figurative painter, by the time this was made in the early 1960s Pasmore was well-established as an abstractionist and a maker ...

Portrait of Rachel

Portrait of Rachel

Sitter was artist's wife...

Head (1938)

Head (1938)

Colin Middleton, one of Ulster's best-known painters, began his career as a damask designer and studied part-time at Belfast College of Art. During th...

Connolly's Chair (1992)

Connolly's Chair (1992)

Micky Donnelly has been amongst the most serious exponents of contemporary Irish painting exploring the imagery of "The Troubles." Much of his work, a...

Portrait of Michael Longley b. 1939 (1989-90)

Portrait of Michael Longley b. 1939 (1989-90)

This is one of a number of life-size portraits of contemporary poets which Peter Edwards completed in 1990. In all of these works he has depicted the ...

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