Seanán Kerr writes:
You might have noticed that RTE has deemed Ireland’s finest painting to be Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret (above).
It’s a nice painting sure, and yeah it really probably is “Ireland’s favourite painting”, but my lord is it ever bland, bland, bland, the kind of twee, chaste sentimentality you’d expect a mostly Catholic country to go for.
Surely we can do better than that? Frankly I’ve a better painting in my living room (this by Sophie Iremonger). So if I may be so bold as to propose a contest on your site today to see if we can have an alternative Ireland’s favourite painting?
The only rule being that the painting has to be in Ireland but not housed in a museum. What do you think?
Over to you.