Crawford Art Gallery
Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution public art gallery located in the heart of the city of Cork, Ireland. The Crawford Art Gallery is dedicated to historic and contemporary art, and welcomes over 200,000 visitors a year.
Since 1979 the Gallery has been located in the centre of Cork in what used to be the Cork Customs House, built in 1724. The building was substantially extended in 2000 and is now a striking composition of Georgian poise and modern elegance.
There is a permanent collection of European and Irish art along with a collection of casts of classical Greek and Roman statues cast by Antonio Canova and brought to Cork from the Vatican in 1818. The Royal Cork Institution acquired these from the Society of Fine Arts in Cork who were given them by the Prince Regent later George IV. He in turn had received them from Pope Pius VII who had commissioned Antonio Canova to make a set of plasters from statues in the Vatican.
The Gallery also hosts temporary and travelling exhibitions and has education and outreach programmes.
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