Unveiling of Portrait of Sr. Stan at the National Art Gallery

(31 Jul 2014)

PRESS RELEASE: 31 July 2014 

A portrait of Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy (‘Sr Stan’), social justice campaigner, has entered the Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.

The portrait, by Vera Klute, a graduate of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, was commissioned by the Gallery for its National Portrait Collection. It is now on public view in the Millennium Wing.

Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, said: “This portrait of Sr. Stan is a fitting tribute to an individual who has contributed significantly to our awareness of those individuals who are most marginalised in Irish society. The picture is also a welcome addition to the National Portrait Collection which has been greatly enhanced in recent years to showcase the work of practising artists.”

The National Portrait Collection was established in 1884 by Henry Doyle (second director of the Gallery, 1869-92) to recognise ‘eminent Irishmen and Irish women…whose lives serve in any way to illustrate her history or throw light on her social or literary or artistic records’.

Dr. Brendan Rooney, Curator of Irish Art in the National Gallery, said: “The Gallery’s collaboration with Sr Stan and Vera Klute is wholly in keeping with Henry Doyle’s pioneering vision of a portrait collection that celebrates Irish endeavour and creativity.”

National Gallery Press Release

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