Leading writers take on a different canvas (from the Irish Times)

Seamus Heaney, John Banville and others are inspired by the National Gallery’s art in a new anthology.

imageIn 1944 George Bernard Shaw wrote from England to Thomas Bodkin, a former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, to ask whether the institution had a special fund for buying pictures. If so, Shaw was considering leaving a bequest, as he owed the gallery “much of the only real education I got as a boy in Eire”.

The National Gallery is 150 years old this year. To mark the anniversary, 56 Irish writers were asked to write a piece inspired by a painting in its collection. Writings and paintings have been gathered into a book, Lines of Vision (Thames & Hudson, €24.95).

It’s a varied, vivid anthology,….. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

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