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The Pre-Raphaelites & Manchester Town Hall Murals
Tue 28 March 2017, 10:30 – 13:30 BST
This is a rare opportunity for a full detailed tour about the Manchester Town Hall Ford Madox Brown murals by Ed Glinert, following years of painstaking research on the paintings. The tour starts at Manchester Art Gallery where we examine the Pre-Raphaelite paintings of William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais, in particular Hunt’s stark astonishing Scapegoat and Millais’ ethereal Autumn Leaves. Ford Madox Brown’s monumental Work takes pride of place in this city built on hard work, the world’s first working industrial city.
After a break in the café we head over to Manchester Town Hall, to the Great Hall and the 12 Madox Brown murals, paintings that relate the story of England and Manchester: the Roman invasion, the arrival of the Flemish weavers, the creation of Chetham's school and library, the rise of the machine in the 18th century and Manchester's first scientific gifts to the world.
We examine the paintings in detail. Why were these scenes chosen? What stories do they tell? Who did Brown model his characters on? What is the subtle religious message in each?
It’s an epic tour, an eye-opening tour, a most rewarding tour. A rare treat. See the Murals before the Town Hall closes!