And why I am recommending that you go!
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I have passed this museum throughout my life thousands of times, until one day a good friend asked me if I wanted to check it out. How could I refuse?
The building itself is really impressive, with its Neoclassical style stonework and columns making it look very grand. This style is very prominent throughout Manchester, and you will see many buildings within the city center designed in this way. However, the outside is nothing compared to the interior of the museum. The staircase area is stunning, with beautifully patterned wallpaper displaying floral motifs in red and bordered with Greek-style patterns. Don’t forget to look up! Otherwise you’ll miss the gorgeous coffered ceiling in green and gold.
I really loved the art on display here. Being somewhat ignorant, I wasn’t expecting anything fantastic, as sadly, I don’t know anyone who has ever been here before and recommend it. But I’m telling you now to go. It’s free and has loads of Lowry paintings. If you love Manchester, I am sure you will love L.S Lowry too. Make sure you look out for his famous “Coming Home from The Mill” painting. I just love this. Painted in 1928 in subdued dark and gritty colours, he has his own unique style of drawing people that are unmistakably Lowry, showing workers rushing to and from with horses coupled with carts and mills in the background spitting out smoke.
There are some paintings from the 1800s painted by Joseph Perry showing village festivals and house scenes from an area called Eccles, in Greater Manchester. One such piece is called “Racing for The Smock.” I have family from this area and spent plenty of time here as a child, so seeing this piece was wonderful for me, trying to imagine where in the town this would have taken place.
All in all, this was a delightful museum that completely took me by surprise and is in such a convenient location, located on Mosley Street, just a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens.
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley St, Manchester M2 3JL | http://www.manchesterartgallery.org
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