A traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist
Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 28 October 2017, 12.30pm–1.15pm
Join tour guide John Ward in some our most interesting artworks. Discover the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the secrets behind the paintings.
This month, John will be discussing The Rommelpot by Jan Steen (painted between 1650 and the artist’s death in 1679) in regards to Connecting:
According to an old Netherlandish saying, the rommelpot (a primitive musical instrument) would always see good service during Shrovetide – that joyous carnival time immediately preceding Lent. And here it seems to have occasioned much mirth, silliness and exotic entertainment. Few artists could convey the contradictions in human nature quite so hilariously as Jan Steen. He was the most prolific of all the Dutch genre (everyday life) painters and well understood how the best intentions are often comically undone by our own character flaws. To appreciate his work is to celebrate those things that help us all to get along – friendship, cooperation and laughter. In the midst of it all though, there will be a hidden moral lesson awaiting discovery.