Art and Wellness: Healing the soul from your home

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The world is taking a much-needed break — healing from the overwhelming, information-driven days our lives have revolved around for so long. Now that we can shift the focus to the pursuit of achieving clarity, balance and finding greater peace, we might turn to the world of art.  Story by Kirti Vyas. 

Michael French
Progression of the Water Lilies, by acclaimed Canadian Artist Michael French

According to Harvard Health, art can have a positive impact on mental health. It improves memory retention and reasoning, and it forces you to forge a mental connection between your mind and body.

Pablo Picasso captures it best, “Art washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life.”

While we are temporarily prevented from traveling the world, art galleries from across the globe have now come to us.

We’ve rounded up 16 virtual tours that you can visit from the comfort of your own home.

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” ~John Lubbock (1834-1913), The Pleasures of Life

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Kirti is a journalism student from Ryerson University in Toronto and editorial assistant for Travel to Wellness. You can find her on Twitter@kirtixvyas