The re-discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 1730s and the subsequent rise of Neo-Classicism in the second half of the 18th century, the Classical past became a powerful influence on thought and the material appearance of the everyday world.
The Classical Fantasies exhibition traces the development of Neo-Classicism through some of the leading figures of the movement, such as the art historian Johann Winckelmann, the collectors and commoisseurs Sir William Hamilton and Charles Townley, the antiquarian Baron d'Hancarville, the architect Piranesi, the patron Thomas Hope, the great man of letters Johann von Goethe, and the artist Wilhelm Tischbein.
Until December 2010
Image: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema The Pottery Workshop 1871 (detail). Copyright Manchester City Art Gallery.