The Manchester Art Gallery is always top of my "to do" list when I visit the city. I never tire of it.
It's not massively big, so even if you've only got a couple of hours to spare, you'll still see lots of good things - and it has a nice, calm feel to it.
The paintings range from contemporary works right back to C17th and there are also sculptures, ceramics and items of furniture, including some beautiful writing desks, dotted throughout the galleries.
The adjoining Gallery of Craft and Design is housed in a beautiful former theatre and has all sorts of interesting and sometimes quirky exhibits, like the collection of enamel boxes, a couple of dolls houses and miniature shops.
But the highlight for me is the Pre-Raphaelite Gallery: what a collection, including Holman Hunt's extraordinary "Light of the World".
A lovely art gallery, definitely well worth a visit.
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