|Manchester Central Library|
The Manchester Central Library was opened in 1934 - the rotunda-like form was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Inside there are stain-glassed windows depicting William Shakespeare and scenes from his plays called The Shakespeare Hall.
After having a bit of a walk around we arrived at the Art Gallery which housed a diverse array of artwork from an assortment of periods. There's English art, Flemish, Dutch, Italian and German. I particularly liked the Victorian pieces - the Pre-Raphaelites. Also the artists that were inspired by Ancient Greek, Roman times and the Far East. Frank Dickee's, Funeral of a Viking was incredible and will be a great prelude to me visiting York again on Saturday to experience the Jorvic Viking Museum. But my favourite was the giant life-size painting of the dead lion by Sir Edwin Lanseer… What a stunning painting.
The Desert - Sir Edwin Lanseer, 1849
- Claire Robinson (Bachelor of Arts, Majoring English/History)