Robert O’Byrne is a writer specialising in the fine and decorative arts, and an Apollo columnist. He blogs at www.theirishaesthete.com

From the Archives: September Apollo

The Warburg Institute in London was celebrated in the October 1970 issue of Apollo. But as custodianship of the organisation comes under scrutiny, its future hangs in the balance

9 Sep 2014

Sacred and profane: ‘Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Art’

Sanctified and worldly subjects come together in the Scottish National Gallery’s exhibition of Venetian art

22 Aug 2014

Irish Cabinet reshuffle puts two newcomers in charge of the arts

Can Heather Humphreys, the new Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, effectively steer her rather neglected department?

21 Jul 2014

A Tribute to Patrick Scott

Patrick Scott has died aged 93, on the eve of his retrospective exhibition at IMMA

14 Feb 2014

Birthday Gifts: The National Gallery of Ireland

The NGI is 150 years old. Its holdings have been enriched by several benefactors. If only the state were as generous

9 Feb 2014

New Year’s Revelations

Limerick’s first week as Ireland’s City of Culture has been a deliciously absurdist shambles as both the artistic director and CEO resign

8 Jan 2014

12 Days

The Bard Graduate Center’s marvellous exhibition ‘William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain’ arrives at the V&A this spring, and should not be missed

5 Jan 2014

A Sentimental Lot

The Irish are a sentimental people, and the sale of Alfred Grey’s clumsy painting ‘The Emigrants’ Farewell’ at Adam’s last week just proves it

11 Dec 2013

Up in Arms

The New-York Historical Society’s ‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ actually reveals a measured side to the legendary show

18 Nov 2013

Scott’s Irish

Why the retrospectives to Eileen Gray (IMMA, Dublin) and William Scott (Ulster Museum, Belfast) shouldn’t dwell on their Irish roots

6 Nov 2013

Bronze Blunders

The standard of Ireland’s latest clutch of public statues ranges from poor to dreadful

9 Oct 2013