Office workers who would normally step into a pub or gym to cope with the stress of a working day are being invited instead to sit in front of a painting.

  Manchester Art Gallery has recruited two of the country's leading experts in stress management to choose pictures that are guaranteed to leave even the most frantic feeling at ease wich the world.They have created the "tranquility tour" which allows city-centre workers to spend their lunch hour taking a soothing tourof what are described as "some of the most relaxing and inspiring paintings ever committed to canvas”. The free tour takes the visitor through several centuries of painting, from the Victorian aesthetic movement.through the PreRaphaelite school, to modern abstract an.

  Kim Gowland, a gallery executive. said: "Looking at art is a stress-relieving activity. What we are tryingto do is encourage people who work in the city to spend half an hour of their lunchbreak in the gallery. to chill out rather than rush around the shops."

  The five works chosen by Andrew Loukes. the gallery's manager, are: John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s The Waters of Lethe (1880), Turner's Thomson’s Aeolian Harp (1809), Sir John Everett Millais’s Autumn Leaves (1856), James Durden’s Summer in Cumberland (1925) and Bridget Riley’s Zephyr (1976).

  Mr. Loukes said: "We chose five pictures that suggest restfulness. We also wamed to display the breadth of the collection. We arc particularly strong in early-19th and early-20th-century British art."

  Their therapeutic powers have been endorsed by Olga Gregson and Terry Looker from the Department of Biological Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr. Gregson said that "research shows that stress levels have reduced and moods changed for the better” when subjects looked at paintings.

  "Although art appreciation is very much a matter of personal choice, it is true that some works of art appeal to almost everyone, and that some paintings have qualities that can induce relaxation in most people."Dr. Gregson said. "Great painters such as Leonardo da Vinci were masters of techniques that could evoke particular responses in the viewer."

  Dr. Gregson said the gallery represented an "oasis of calm". "You have got this wonderful opportunity to evoke a different kind of psychophysiological response."

  1. What is done by the Manchester Art Gallery is intended to____________.

  A) find out the relation between paintings and stress-easing

  B) promote its magnificent collection of British art

  C) reduce working people's stress levels by art appreciation

  D) provide an alternative of pastime for consumers

  2. The tour is named “tranquility tour" because__________.

  A) it is expected to play a soothing role

  B) it displays paintings through centuries

  C) it comprises paintings of various styles

  D) it only takes a half hour around lunch time

  3. What does Kim Gowland points out about city-center workers?

  A) They are pressed by family burden as well as their careers.

  B) They like going shopping during their short lunchbreak.

  C) They shouldn't rush around the gallery while looking at art.

  D) Looking at art is much better than going to pubs or gyms.

  4. According io the author, the painting's impact on relieving stress is__________.

  A) based on personal experiences

  B) vaned from people to people

  C) in need of further study

  D) scientifically proven

  5. It is indicated by Dr. Gregson that da Vinci's paintings can____________.

  A) suggest restfulness

  B) arouse diverse feelings

  C) capture almost everyone

  D) ease stress in most people


  1. 曼彻斯特美术馆所做的事情是旨在___________________.

  A) 找到画作和舒缓压力之间的关系

  B) 推广其重要的英国艺术藏品

  C) 通过艺术欣赏来帮人们减压



  2. 这个旅程叫做“宁静之旅”,原因是__________________.

  A) 它应该能起到舒缓神经的作用

  B) 它展示了上百年的画作

  C) 它包含了不同风格的画作

  D) 它只需要在午餐时间花上半个小时

  [A]第2段第2句中tranquility tour后的定语从句是对该活动的解释,从中可知选项A为本题答案。从本文可知美术馆展出画作目的是帮助在市中心工作的人减轻心理压力,活动的名称也应该与该目的紧密结合,选项B、C和D虽然在文中都有提及。但都不是活动的目的。

  3. Kim Gowland指出,在市中心工作的人是怎样的情况?

  A) 他们受到家庭和工作的双重压力。

  B) 他们喜欢在短暂的午餐休息时间去购物。

  C) 他们不应该在美术馆里匆匆忙忙地观赏艺术品。


  [B]第3段第2句句末提到的rather than rush around the shops表明Kim Gowland 认为在没有这个活动之前,在城市工作的人在午餐时间通常会逛商店,因此,本题应选B。选项A中的family burden原文没有提及;选项D中的pubs or gyms虽然在文章首句有提及,但并非Kim Gowland指出的;第3段第2句末rush around 的宾语是:shops,并非gallery,因此,选项C是利用gallery和rush around胡乱拼凑的选项,亦错误。

  4. 据作者所称,画作对于减压的影响是_____________________。

  A) 基于个人体验的基础之上的


  C) 需要进一步进行研究的

  D) 得到了科学证实的

  [D]第6段末句中的research shows表明油画可以舒缓压力这个观点已经得到科学研究的证实,因此本题应选D。选项A以为油画可以舒缓压力的观点是基于个人主观判断,这与第6段末句中的research shows...相反,因此选项A不正确;原文该句也表明油画真的能舒缓压力,这种影响对于看过油画的人是相同的,选项B与此内容相反,不正确;原文没有提及以后是否会对油画和舒缓压力之间的关系作进一步的研究,因此选项C缺乏原文依据。


  A) 展示出闲适的感觉



  D) 对大多数人起到减压的作用

  [C]作者在倒数第2段末句提到达·芬奇的画作目的是说明该段首句主句提及的观点:有些艺术作品确实能吸引几乎每一个人,再结合该段末句的定语从句that could evoke particular responses in the viewer即可确定大多数人对达·芬奇的画作产生特别的反应,因此本题应选C。但并没有说明这种特殊的感觉是什么,因此选项A和D推断过度了;选项B正好与文章该段内容相反,很明显是不正确的。