10 Nov 2005-7 Feb 2006. Named European Museum of the year in 2002, the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle already holds over 120 of Drers prints as part of its permanent collection. The library first hosted a series of exhibitions of the great German renaissance artists work during the 1980s, which then toured in England, Germany and Japan. For the current exhibition of Drers work the library has been loaned artworks from the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin and the Kunsthalle in Bremen. The Berlin museum has lent a watercolour of a group of soldiers in Antwerp in 1521 entitled Irish Soldiers and Peasants, which depicts the Irish in military service in Europe. It carries an inscription in Drers own hand: Thus go the soldiers of Ireland, beyond England / Thus go the poor (peasants) of Ireland. Two drawings have been lent by the Kunsthalle, one a study in human proportion, The Proportional Figure of a Standing Man (1513), and the other a self-portrait entitled Sick Drer. These important pieces will be featured alongside prints from the Beatty permanent collection. Admission free. Tues-Fri 10.00-17.00, Sat 11.00-17.00, Sun 13.00-17.00, 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan closed.
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Albrecht Drer at Dublin Castle.
The Library is in Dublin Castle in the heart of the city centre, 10 minutes walk from Trinity College. By bus: 13, 16, 19 and 123 (from O'Connell Street). Tel. +353 1 4070750 firstname.lastname@example.org