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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Exhibitions

Madonnas and Miracles

Peer through the keyhole of the Italian Renaissance home and discover a hidden world of religious devotion. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance.

07/03/2017 to 04/06/2017

Free

Houghton’s Emperors: Portraits and power

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.

02/02/2017 to 23/04/2017

Free

Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

The sea has been a source of inspiration for artists since the 16th century when it was conceived and popularised by Dutch and Flemish painters such as Hendrick Vroom, Jan Porcellis, the Willem van de Veldes and Ludolf Backhuysen. This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.

14/02/2017 to 21/05/2017

Free

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Salomon Gessner (1730–88) was a Swiss artist and writer whose idyllic poetry and prose made him a household name in his lifetime. After his death his family invited a German printmaker, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759–1835), to produce prints after a set of Gessner’s landscape drawings, which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll and delight in the natural world.

14/03/2017 to 10/09/2017

Free

Lunchtime Talks

Introduction to Madonnas and Miracles

With Dr Mary Laven and Dr Maya Corry, Co-Curators of the exhibition.

15/03/2017

13:15 to 14:00

Free

Displays

Being Modern: Kettle's Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together in this second display from Kettle’s Yard. The display re-unites for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website.

08/04/2016 to 26/03/2017

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

2017 is your last chance to see a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, titled Hill Arches, on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Moore is best known for sculptures of the human figure sited in architectural or natural settings, but here he has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This enormous, four-piece sculpture is sited in front of the Museum, visible to all visitors and those walking down Trumpington Street.

04/05/2016 to 30/11/2017

Free

The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. This includes the renowned nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer (Gallery 1), William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet (Gallery 2), a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child (Gallery 6), Art Nouveau Tiffany glass (Gallery 1), metalwork designed by Christopher Dresser (Gallery 2) and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture (Gallery 27)...

01/08/2016 to 30/12/2018

Free

Victorian Life and Leisure

Coins, medals and tokens show how everyday life was transformed by the coming of the railways and a consumer revolution in Victorian Britain. Shops had a wider range of goods than ever before, and there were many new entertainments and sports for working peoples’ limited leisure time. Music, art and culture thrived with the support of the Victorian middle classes.

28/02/2017 to 02/07/2017

Free

Lesbos and Syria

Issam Kourbaj's Dark Water, Burning World by is a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21, and forms part of which explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece.

15/03/2017 to 31/07/2017

Free

Talks and Events

Lesbos and Syria: A Collaboration between the poet Ruth Padel and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj

To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel, joins artist Issam Kourbaj, to present an intervention that explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece. At this event, Kourbaj will launch Dark Water, Burning World - a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21; and Padel will read a new poem Lesbos 2015 - influenced by her meetings on the island of Lesbos, both with the inhabitants and with some of the thousands of Syrians who have fled there.

15/03/2017

15:30 to 16:30

Free

Tour

Guided Tour

Join a one hour guided tour of the Museum on Saturdays, or book a tour in advance for any visit for a group.

05/04/2014 to 05/04/2018

14:30 to 15:30

Family Activities

How did they do that?

3 - 5 yrs

Discover the science behind some of our best-loved artworks. These sessions will be run in collaboration with the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and will include hands-on exploratory activities.

15/03/2017

10:30 to 14:30

Free

 

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