Manchester Art Gallery

The art of wellbeing tour

A traditional guided tour with a wellbeing twist

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 29 July 2017, 12.30pm–1.15pm


Wellbeing is a skill. Cultivate it with us.

Join tour guides John Ward and Rebecca Eastment in some our most interesting artworks. Discover the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the secrets behind the paintings.

Here, John discusses The Goths in Italy (1851) by Paul Falconer Poole (1806 – 1879).

“Self-taught and widely respected amongst his peers, our artist here captures beautifully a watershed moment in the history of western civilization. It is the year 410 and Rome has finally fallen to one of the Germanic tribes that had long since penetrated her empire. In this tranquil but potentially dramatic scene, the children of the Roman Patricians have become the servants of the conquerors. But how does this relate to the most famous history book ever written? And why, when know that this work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1851, is it signed and dated ‘1853’?”

Everyone welcome.