- 18 Jun 09
The National Gallery is one of Ireland's unheralded treasures – and with a new exhibition of Hans Christian Anderson illustrator Harry Clarke now being held, there's never been a better reason to visit.
Consider, if you will, the not-so-little miracle that is the National Gallery. Here the footsore, the bewildered, the stray, the discombobulated and the plain strapped for the price of a pint can wander in off the street unchallenged and for nothing – that is free gratis – perambulate at leisure through tall and hallowed halls and gaze upon images that’ll put iron back in the blood until the next bus home. Alan Moore was right. Put a man in a shithole and he behaves like a rat. Put him in a palace and he feels like a king.