Sir Denis Mahon

In 2010, Sir Denis Mahon, one of the most distinguished art historians and collectors of the twentieth century, presented his personal library and archive to the National Gallery of Ireland. Of Irish descent, Sir Denis had a long and close association with the Gallery having donated a gift of eight outstanding seventeenth-century Baroque pictures to the collection. His munificence is considered the most important to the Gallery in recent years and has added significantly to its holdings of Baroque art and its research collections.
Sir Denis’s remarkable library reflects his scholarly interests covering art in the Western European tradition from classical times onwards. Italian art is strongly represented, particularly the baroque period, while British, Dutch, French and Spanish art also feature prominently. Many rare and antiquarian volumes, which are regarded as key sources in the study of art, have also been included in this gift.


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