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WHAT’S ON January - April 2017


Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by a bequest of Richard, V   iscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, in 1816, and now houses over half a million artefacts and art from around the world. See everything from Egyptian coffins to Impressionist masterpieces; illuminated manuscripts to Renaissance sculpture; rare coins to Asian arts. This year’s Business Partners are: TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s. Their support has gone towards a creative and thought-provoking programme including outreach in the community, visitor engagement, creative learning events and our major exhibitions.

Admission to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions is free for everyone to enjoy.

A message from the Director

Following a successful Bicentenary year, 2017 offers an equally interesting range of public events, exhibitions and special displays. The first major show for the year, Madonnas and Miracles, tells the story of domestic devotion in the Italian Renaissance. The exhibition, which opens on 7 March and closes on 4 June, is the culmination of four years of work by three Cambridge University departments, incorporating their latest research, and looks set to follow in the popular footsteps of our 2015 Treasured Possessions exhibition.

Also falling in this period, we have three other new exhibitions opening. Houghton’s Emperors showcases two marble busts of Roman Emperors, recently acquired by the Museum but normally exhibited at Houghton Hall. Honey from Many Flowers features prints by Carl Wilhelm Kolbe of landscapes by the 18th century Swiss artist Salomon Gessner. And Making Waves brings together drawings and watercolours depicting seascapes from the permanent collection. Finally, I’m pleased to announce that the Friends of the Fitzwilliam are now very close to having raised enough money to secure Admiral Russell’s Frame – a unique example of Baroque craftsmanship commemorating two great naval victories - coming back to Cambridgeshire after 300 years.

Tim Knox Director and Marlay Curator


Group Visits All groups must book at least 10 days in advance. Groups of children ages 16 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times.

General Enquiries Tel: 01223 332900 Email: fitzmuseum-enquiries@

Concessions Concessionary prices are available to Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 65+, students and those in receipt of benefit.

Location Key 1 British & European Art 3 British Art 10 Octagon Gallery 12 Adeane Gallery 13 Mellon Gallery 14 Shiba Gallery 16 Charrington Print Room 27 European Pottery 31 Armoury 33 Arts of the Near East 35 Seminar Room



Last Chance to See


Tours 9 Special Events 10 Study Days


Families 15 Children’s Workshops


Young People 19 Displays






Music 27 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden


Visitor Information


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Cover: Virgin and Child, c.1480 – 60 (detail), Studio of Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi, c.1445 – 1510)




7 March –  4 June

Virgin and Child with St John the Baptist, c.1497–1502 (detail), Pinturicchio (Bernardino do Betto, c.1452–1513)

12 & 13  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. Drawing materials from across the Italian peninsula, and contrasting fine works of art with humble and everyday artefacts, Madonnas and Miracles offers a vivid encounter with Renaissance spirituality and domesticity. Transforming our understanding of a period that is often cast as intensely worldly and secular, the exhibition brings a new appreciation of the relationship between the material and the divine. This exhibition is the result of four years of European-funded cross-disciplinary work carried out by the Italian Department, the Faculties of History, Architecture and History of Art at the University of Cambridge, and incorporates their latest research. For complementary events see pages 18, 25, 26 & 28.

Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's FP7 Ideas programme.



© Houghton Hall Archives


Houghton’s Emperors: Portraits and power 2 February – 23 April 10 A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time this winter enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits. These sculptures were recently allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Houghton Settlement by Arts Council England in lieu of inheritance tax; normally they remain in situ at Houghton Hall. For complementary events see pages 19, 20, 24 & 26.


Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

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

14 February – 21 May

14 March – 10 September



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.

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. This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Kolbe’s twenty-five etchings, issued in five parts from 1805-11, together with a selection of works by eminent masters from whom Gessner drew inspiration, including Anthonie Waterloo, Allart van Everdingen and Claude Lorrain.

Fishing boat off a jetty in a breeze (detail), Cornelis Claesz Wieringen (1580 –1643)

Damon et Phillis (detail), Solomon Gessner ( 1730 –1788)


Last Chance to See


An Amateur’s Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam’s print collection Until 29 January 16 The Museum’s founder, Lord Fitzwilliam, was an enthusiastic collector of prints. His collection reflects his broad taste, ranging from etchings by Rembrandt to works by other highly skilled but less fashionable printmakers. This exhibition looks at what interested Fitzwilliam most in acquiring and ordering his print collection and features examples of his albums, rarely seen in public but offering a fascinating insight into the mind of a late 18th century collector. For Study Day details see page 13. Evidence of Doubt, 2011–13 (detail), Jane Dixon © The Artist

Self portrait, 1681 (detail), Jan Lutma II (1624 –1689)

Realisation: Recent works by Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon Until 5 February 14 This exhibition of beautiful graphic works by two British artists challenges our assumptions of reality and identity. Jane Dixon’s photograms, Evidence of Doubt, appear to be photographic records of real organic forms, but prove to be imaginary and drawn by the artist’s hand. The intangible images in Susan Aldworth’s two series of prints, Transience and Passing Thoughts, resist recognition and identification, yet they actually derive from the physical touch of human brain tissue, and portray real people. For complementary talk see page 24.



Guided tours Saturdays • 14.30 Enjoy a one-hour introductory tour of the Museum with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Meet in Courtyard Entrance at least 10 minutes in advance of the tour. £6

Guided tours for private groups are also available through the Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel: 01223 791501 or email: For a self-guided tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection pick up a digital eGuide, available from both Museum entrances at a cost of £4 (£3 concessions), free to Friends.

Tours for blind and partially sighted adults Enjoy an afternoon of touch tours and audio descriptive sessions with a tea and coffee break provided. Guide dogs and companions are welcome to all sessions. Booking essential. To register your interest tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Silver and gold for the emperors Wednesday 22 February 14.30  – 16.15 FREE Meet at the Courtyard Entrance Join Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals, to handle amazing ancient Roman coins of gold, silver and bronze. Plus, take an audio guided tour to find out the stories behind the Roman Emperors in our new exhibition.

Up close and personal: Degas and Rodin bronze sculptures Wednesday 26 April 14.30  – 16.15 FREE Meet at the Courtyard Entrance A unique opportunity to handle some beautiful bronze sculptures of horses, dancers, and other figures by famous French Impressionist artists Degas and Rodin. Learn how and why they were made, with Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.

Small group visits With advance notice we can organise tailored tours, talks and handling sessions for small groups of blind and partially sighted people across a range of University of Cambridge Museums. Contact us to find out more.

Self-guided audio descriptive tours Available free of charge on audio handsets for a tour of selected exhibits from the permanent collection.


Special Events

Virgin and Child enthroned, c.1400 –1403 (detail), Lorenzo Monaco (c.1370/1–1425)

Marina Warner: The Flight of the Holy House: Nazareth – Loreto  – Walsingham Monday 13 March £15 (£12 concessions/Friends) 3 The annual lecture of the Cambridge Italian Research Network with British historian and novelist, Marina Warner. 17.30 Doors open at Main Entrance for a glass of wine/ soft drink on arrival 18.00 Lecture 19.00 Private view of Madonnas and Miracles exhibition Booking essential, visit: or tel: 01223 357851

Special Events

Houghton’s Emperors: Translating Roman portraits Friday 3 February £25 (£20 concessions/Friends) Meet in the Armoury (31) Introduced by Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Tim Knox, join Professor of Classics, Mary Beard, and former Keeper of Antiquities, Lucilla Burn, for a conversation inspired by the Houghton’s Emperors exhibition. 18.00 Doors open at Courtyard Entrance and glass of wine/soft drink on arrival in the Armoury 18.30  – 19.30 Discussion in Gallery 7 19.30  –  20.15 Opportunity to view the exhibition Booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Lesbos and Syria:  A Collaboration between the poet Ruth Padel and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj Wednesday 15 March 15.30 – 16.30 FREE 22 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 Wave - 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. Kourbaj’s work will be on display for three months. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Main Entrance desk on a first-come first served basis from 14.00 on the day of the event.


Special events


Cambridge Literary Festival Sunday 23 April 12.00 – 14.00 (Doors open at 12 noon) 3

Alice, 1992 (detail), Ronald Searle (1920 – 2011) © The estate of Ronald Searle

12.15 – 13.00

Louise Foxcroft introduces her biography: Gayer-Anderson: The Life and Afterlife of the Irish Pasha Based on the personal journals of Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson (1881–1945), Egyptologist, poet, surgeon, soldier, psychic, and noted collector, this candid and charming historical biography tells of Gayer-Anderson’s strange and eclectic life in the final days of the British Empire. Drugs, race, class, family, sex, and selfhood are vividly mixed in this tale of two wars, colonial life, medicine, anthropology, and psychic phenomena. The stiff-upper-lipped ritual of a very British upbringing vied with his Romantic and consuming love of beauty, vividly embodied in museums across the world. After Louise’s talk the audience are welcome to visit Gallery 20, The Gayer-Anderson Room, named in recognition of the bequest of part of his Egyptology collection to the Fitzwilliam Museum. 13.15 – 14.00 (display on show until 15.00)

Gillian Beer introduces her book: Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll In his Alice books Lewis Carroll created fantastic worlds that continue to delight and trouble readers of all ages today. Carroll conceived the books during the 1860s, a moment of intense intellectual upheaval. Alice in Space reveals the contexts within which the Alice books first lived, bringing back the zest to jokes lost over time and poignancy to hidden references. This exploration of Carroll’s work is through the speculative gaze of Alice, for whom no authority is unquestioned and everything can speak. After Gillian’s talk the audience are welcome to see a thematic display of prints and drawings including some depictions of Alice by Ronald Searle, and a letter written by Lewis Carroll containing an idea for a unit of measurement for pleasure. Tickets on sale mid-February from:

Study Day

Cows in a field with milkmaids, 1810 (detail), Wouter Johannes van Troostwijk (1782 –1810)

In conjunction with the exhibition An Amateur’s Passion: Lord Fitzwilliam’s print collection

Print collecting in the 18th century A study day devoted to English print collectors and collections of English prints Friday 20 January 10.00 – 16.00 £10 35 Join the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints for a day looking at the formation of print collections in the 18th century. Speakers include Dr Sarah Grant (V&A), Dr Meredith Hale (University of Cambridge), Kate Heard (Royal Collection Trust) and David Alexander (Honorary Keeper of British Prints, Fitzwilliam Museum). There will be a curator-led tour of the exhibition An Amateur’s Passion and visits to additional material in the Graham Robertson Study Room. Lunch not included, but tea and coffee provided. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:


Study Day


Stoneware vase, 1997, (detail), Janice Tchalenko © The Artist

A celebration of contemporary British crafts and the Goodison gift study day Monday 20 March 11.00 – 16.30 (doors open 10.30) £35 (£20 concessions/Friends) Entry via Main Entrance Introduced by Sir Nicholas Goodison, who has given over a hundred works by contemporary artists to the Museum and Amanda Game, author of Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will give participants an opportunity to hear talks by leading contemporary UK-based designers and makers who work with a wide range of materials. Speakers are as follows: John Makepeace (furniture), Janice Tchalenko (ceramics), Colin Reid (glass), Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley (wood), Nora Fok (jewellery), Max Warren and Adi Toch (metalwork). There will be a chance to view works given as part of the Goodison gift during the lunch break. Includes tea and coffee on arrival, lunch and afternoon tea. Booking essential, visit: or tel: 01223 357851

Free Family Resources

Pick up a range of free activities to explore and learn together as a family. Available anytime, at both entrances.

Gallery Trails 5 – 12 yrs Choose from a selection of themed gallery trails, including Colour and Picture Adventure.

Fitz Kits 5 – 12 yrs Discover our range of Fitz Kits with games and puzzles to take you on a journey around the Museum.

Story Starters 2 – 6 yrs Pick up a satchel containing a picture book and activities to help you explore the galleries.

Baby Play Mat Image © Martin Bond

0 – 2 yrs Collect a play mat full of sensory resources to help you and your baby enjoy themes and objects in the collection.

Ages are a guide only. You are welcome to choose resources to suit your family. Contact us at to talk about what we can offer.




Family First Saturdays 14.00  – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in On the first Saturday of each month join us for activities and art-making focusing on one of the themes listed below. Families will also have the opportunity to take a special Museum tour with one of our educators. Tours are recommended for children aged 5+, last 30 minutes and leave at 14.15 and 15.15. Number restrictions apply.

Animal sounds

Lunar new year

Powerful figures

7 January

4 February

4 March

Including a guided open rehearsal in 3 at 15.00 by students of the Britten Sinfonia Academy.

Including a performance by the Chinese Music Ensemble from the University of Hong Kong in 3 at 14.15.

Image © Martin Bond

Miraculous stories 1 April

Twilight at the Museums Wednesday 15 February 16.30 – 19.30 All ages FREE • Drop-in The Fitzwilliam Museum will be teaming up with Kettle’s Yard for this year’s Twilight at the Museums. Bring your torches and see the Museum come to life.



Image © Martin Bond

Musical bitesize Sunday 15 January 13.30 – 14.30 All ages FREE • Drop-in Discover jewels in the Fitzwilliam collection brought to life through pop up performances by the young musicians of the Britten Sinfonia Academy.

Lions and unicorns cushion concert with the Britten Sinfonia Academy Presented by Letty Stott Sunday 15 January 15.15 – 16.00 All ages FREE The young, dynamic musicians of the Britten Sinfonia Academy will be performing music inspired by animals in the art of the Fitzwilliam collection. In this truly immersive audience experience, we invite children to sit on cushions, surrounded by the orchestra. As part of the concert, Britten Sinfonia’s newly announced leader and internationally renowned soloist, Thomas Gould, will also be playing the solo in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending. Please bring your own cushion.

Focus group recruitment We are currently developing our free family resources and are looking for families to join a focus group to help us evaluate our current material. If your family is interested in taking part, please email:

Children’s Workshops


Join in a range of creative workshops for children and families. Access to a world-class collection of art provides inspiration for art-making in the studio 36 Ages vary by workshop. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the workshop. For all events meet in the Courtyard Entrance. Booking essential. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email:, unless otherwise stated. Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Playful pottery

Image © Martin Bond

Saturday 21 January 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child Make clay textures and painted patterns inspired by the art of Lucie Rie.

Baby magic Tuesday 7 February & Wednesday 26 April 10.00 – 11.00 0  – 2 yrs £3 per child This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sounds and movement.

It’s magic Wednesday 8 February & Tuesday 25 April 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £3 per child Listen to stories exploring work in the galleries and make art of your own in the studio to take home.

How did they do that?

Easter egg-stravaganza

Wednesday 15 March 10.30 – 11.30 & 13.30 – 14.30 3  –  5 yrs FREE

Wednesday 12 April 11.00 – 13.00 Ages 5+ £8 per child

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.

Prized prints Saturday 18 March 10.30 – 12.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child Explore special objects in our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition and create prints of your own treasured possessions with artist Caroline Wendling.

Join us for egg decorating with artist Lara Jones. There will also be storytelling inspired by our special exhibition Madonnas and Miracles.

Light animation Saturday 22 April 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child Bring light and shadow to life in this animation workshop, led by artist Susie Olczak.

Young People


New MAKE! 14.00 - 16.00 11 – 13 yrs £5 36 For the younger teens who would like to discover more about art and have fun making their own art in our studio with a different guest artist each month. Image © Martin Bond

Animals, art, action

Art on your bag

Fantastic faces

Saturday 28 January

Saturday 29 April

Saturday 11 March

From mythological beasts to much loved pets, animals are everywhere in our collection of ceramics. Join artist Caroline Wendling and find out how to use your imagination to transform them into colourful acrylic paintings.

Design your own tote bag! Transform your drawings into coloured pattern and design, and transfer these in paint on to your own bag with artist Hideki Arichi.

Enjoy drawing faces or want to find out how to? Learn from artist Lucy Mazur as we explore tiny faces on small coins to large marble portrait sculptures in the Houghton’s Emperors exhibition.

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

Source 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 25 February 10.15 – 16.00 FREE 36 A specially designed programme of practical art workshops and gallery research for students preparing for their art exams, particularly GCSE, A Level and BTEC. Each day we offer free one-to-one advice, gallery tours and studio space with guest artists and arts specialists.

Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Young People


ReSource 11.00 – 13.00 13 – 18 yrs £5 36 Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and projects? Join us in our art studio with a different guest artist each month for a series of art workshops designed to expand your painting and drawing skills. The sessions listed below are specifically designed for young people.

Portrait of Woman, 1801 (detail), John Flaxman, (1755 – 1826)

Painting in colour

Powerful portraits

Pattern sensation

Saturday 28 January

Saturday 11 March

Saturday 29 April

Be inspired by our 20th century painting collection and develop your own abstract acrylic paintings with artist Caroline Wendling. Experiment with imaginative use of colour and textures and explore the amazing possibilities of paints.

Join us to explore identity and portraits with artist Lucy Mazur. Use exciting drawing techniques with pens, biros and graphite to make lines and textures in large energetic images, inspired by the display of sculpture in Houghton’s Emperors.

Pattern is everywhere from ceramics to armour. Learn how to transform your drawings into coloured pattern and design, then transfer these in paint on to your own tote bag or canvas with artist Hideki Arichi.

Bronze Arts Award in a week! Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 April 10.15 – 15.00 11 – 14 yrs £85 (4 day course) We express our identities through how we decorate the places we live in and the objects we surround ourselves with. Inspired by Madonnas & Miracles, create your own objects and designs for the home, find out about artists and makers, and share skills to achieve an Arts Award.



Victorian Life and Leisure 28 February – 2 July 33

Victorian ticket for the Lyceum Theatre, London

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.

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973) Until November Front Lawn 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 will be sited in front of the Museum, visible to all visitors and those walking down Trumpington Street. Hill Arches, 1973, Henry Moore (1898 – 1986) The Henry Moore Foundation Gift of the artist 1977 Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation



Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum Until 26 March 27 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 brings together for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website: Pastorale, 1969, Barbara Hepworth (1903 – 1975). Lithograph on paper © Bowness

Sea to Shore: Paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum 1 April –  August 27 This third display from the Kettle’s Yard collection brings together paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood that are inspired by the sea and shore. Following the artists’ first meeting in St Ives in 1928, Wallis and Wood continued to innovatively capture their experiences of the sea and life in port towns in their paintings.

Building the Boat, Tréboul, 1930, Christopher Wood (1901 –1930) © Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge



The Dollar: The rise of a global currency Until 26 February 33 The dollar is found the world over. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies. It traces the story from its origins in 16th century Bohemia and Germany, to its position as the dominant currency in world markets in the 21st century. For complementary talk see page 24. Abraham Lincoln, United States of America five-dollar bill (detail)

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, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet, a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child, Art Nouveau Tiffany glass, metalwork and ceramics designed by Christopher Dresser and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture. These artworks have generously been offered to the Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan and the next few months will see over 130 pieces gradually being introduced throughout the galleries. The objects will be displayed throughout the Museum to create intriguing and witty juxtapositions and ‘conversations’, as the works were seen in the Valsecchi’s private home. They can be identified in the galleries by their specially designed labels. Small vase with heart-shaped leaves, Louis Comfort Tiffany



Enjoy a variety of free lunchtime talks by members of staff and guest speakers. Talks take place from 13.15 – 14.00 in the Seminar Room 35 (space is limited), unless otherwise stated. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

For heaven's sake Stanley! Stanley Spencer in the Fitzwilliam Museum Drawing for Evidence of Doubt (detail), 2011 – 13, Jane Dixon © The Artist

Wednesday 1 February 1 Libby Howie, Independent Curator

Queer British Art 1861 – 1967 An exhibition at Tate Britain April – September 2017 Wednesday 8 February Dr Clare Barlow, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain

Houghton Hall: Three centuries of privacy and display Realisation: Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon in discussion Wednesday 11 January Susan Aldworth and Jane Dixon, Artists

From Cambridge to Athens: The Benaki Museum collection of Chinese ceramics
 Wednesday 18 January

Wednesday 15 February Dr Andrew Moore, Programme Director, The Attingham Trust

Mission to China With reference to the ‘Wedgwood’ vases in the Fitzwilliam Museum Wednesday 22 February Nixi Cura, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of the Arts of China Consortium

Professor George Manginis

Images of women in the ancient world

The Dollar: Rise of the global currency

Wednesday 1 March

Wednesday 25 January Dr Richard Kelleher, Assistant Keeper, Coins and Medals

Dr Anastasia Christophilopoulou Cyprus Curator & Assistant Keeper



Sick man in bed prays with rosary, attended by his wife and children (detail), 16th century, Naples, Museo degli ex voto del santuario di Madonna dell’Arco

Painting and narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

A pious home? Italian Renaissance devotional jewellery and amulets

Wednesday 8 March

Wednesday 26 April

Dr Nina Lübbren, Deputy Head of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Irene Galandra Cooper

Introduction to Madonnas and Miracles Wednesday 15 March Dr Mary Laven and Dr Maya Corry, Co-Curators of the exhibition

Art speak Tuesdays 17 January, 21 February, 21 March & 18 April 13.15 • Free • Drop-in Meet in Courtyard Entrance Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Image © Martin Bond



MUSE 10.15 – 12.00 36 £10 per session Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections, with different themes each month. Friday 27 January Oil pastels provide artists with a portable and vibrant medium to create art. Learn techniques and develop your pastel art skills, inspired by landscape art in the Museum’s permanent collection. Friday 24 February Explore how we can interpret modernist paintings in our collection as music. Bring along your own CDs of music that have inspired you, share a track from classical to jazz, modernist to blues, and paint in acrylic to imagine these sounds as visual images. Friday 31 March Looking at portraits in Houghton’s Emperors and in the Museum’s 20th century gallery, we’ll explore the different role the portrait bust has played in politics and art. Followed by drawing and sculpting a portrait bust in our studio. Friday 28 April Contemplate our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, then return to the studio to make your own beautiful icons using gouache paint and gold foil embossing.

Cartonnage coffin of Nakhtefmut (detail)

Conservation confidential: Down the microscope and in the studio Saturday 18 March 14.00 – 16.00 Ages 15+ FREE 35 Join us for a talk about how conservators investigate the life-stories and secrets of artworks, followed by a choice of behind the scenes visits. From Egyptian mummies to Michelangelo drawings, see how we image, analyse and probe. Have a new, very personal encounter with our collections!

Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.



Lunchtime Concerts 13.15 FREE 3

Enjoy a series of popular lunchtime concerts, with music performed by talented musicians in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Main Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited - no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Rinaldo, 1711 (detail), Georg Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Music for Piano

Music for cello and piano

Classical songs

Sunday 22 January

Sunday 5 February

Sunday 26 February

Piano recital with Chris Lloyd.

With Jon Fistein (cello) and Alex Reid (cello and piano).

Jessica Lawrence-Hares (soprano) and Patrick Hemmerlé (piano) perform pieces by Wagner, Ravel and David Earl.

Vox Cantab Sunday 29 January Choral concert directed by Louisa Denby, including Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands plus secular motets by Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Musicians from the Chinese University of Hong Kong Saturday 4 February 14.15 A performance of traditional Chinese music, introduced by the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Instrumental award holders for chamber music Sunday 12 February A variety of works played by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.

Music for violin and piano Sunday 19 February Isabelle Durin (violin) and Maxime Zecchini (violin and piano) perform pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Modest Mussorgsky, Tchaïkovsky, Moritz Mozkowsky, Manuel de Falla, Pablo de Sarasate, Edouard Lalo and Georges Bizet.

Music for guitar and cello Sunday 5 March Ian Kelleher (guitar) and Charles Ellis (Guitar and cello) perform pieces by Piazzolla, Legnani, De Falla, Ravel, Burgmuller and Villa-Lobos.

String trio Sunday 12 March With BBC Concert Orchestra violinist, Peter Bussereau.



Hymns from the Hearth: Domestic polyphony from the Italian Renaissance Friday 21 April 18.45 Doors open (Main Entrance) and pre-concert drinks 19.15 Concert £25 (£20 concessions/Friends) 3 Designed to complement our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, this programme explores a different tradition of musicmaking from the grand polyphony of the chapel and cathedral. The Italian lauda (sacred song) provided a rich resource of music and poetry for domestic musical devotion at all levels - from simple, unaccompanied renditions to elaborate polyphony; yet it also influenced the most sophisticated composers of the age. Hear The Clerks vocal ensemble, specialists in the consort music of the Renaissance, perform traditional song, including laude from the collections of Ottaviano Petrucci and Serafino Razzi, and motets by Josquin Des Prez and Palestrina. Booking essential visit: or tel: 01223 357851 Promoted in partnership with Cambridge Early Music

Britten Sinfonia Academy Over the past few years The Fitzwilliam Museum have been working in partnership with Britten Sinfonia Academy, and have created a special 2017 programme with a family focus – see pages 16 & 17 for more information.

Animal sounds Saturday 7 January

Musical bitesize Sunday 15 January

Lions and unicorns cushion concert with the Britten Sinfonia Academy Presented by Letty Stott Sunday 15 January Britten Sinfonia’s newly announced leader and internationally renowned soloist, Thomas Gould, will be playing the solo in Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending in this concert. There will be limited seating for adults.

University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden

Coming up… Twilight at the Museums Wednesday 15 February 16.30 – 19.30 Wrap up warm, grab a torch and treat the family to a night of unmissable half term fun as museums and collections across the city offer a range of FREE drop-in and bookable events. Discover fascinating objects, learn something new and explore family friendly venues where the promise of adventure is around every corner.

Cam Lates Missing Cam Lates already? Yet to try out our new after-hours experiences for adults? Museums and collections have been showcasing their charms in new and exciting ways. Tickets sell fast, so get the latest event news by signing up on the Cam Lates webpage.

Cambridge University Science Festival 13 – 26 March Feeling incurably curious? Come to the Science Festival and visit participating museums for stories of discovery, research, and exploration. Through a mixed programme of events for adults, young people and families you will discover the many guises of science within museum collections.

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During your visit if you have any questions or need help, please speak to a member of staff.

Fitzwilliam Museum Prints For high quality reproduction prints and canvas prints from the collection visit:

Courtyard Shop Visit the shop for a range of gifts inspired by the collection. www.fitzwilliammuseum

Courtyard Café 10.00–16.30 Lunches from 11.30–15.30. For reservations tel: 01223 764402.

North Lawn Café Fresh sandwiches, salads and drinks in an al fresco setting. Open end of April to October, weather permitting.

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A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups.

All displays accessible apart from balcony in Gallery 3 and Sasakawa Fan Gallery. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email: fitzmuseum-access@lists. Wheelchairs are available to borrow at the Courtyard Entrance. Please book in advance, tel: 01223 332928.

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In-service training for teachers and pre-service training for students available. For more information tel: 01223 332904, email: education@fitzmuseum. or see website.

Reference Library By advance appointment tel: 01223 764398 or email: fitzmuseum-library@lists.

Study Room Individual and group access to the collection of paintings, drawings and prints by advance appointment. Open Tuesday–Friday 10.00–13.00 & 14.00–16.30. Tel: 01223 764363 or email: fitzmuseum-studyroom@

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Gallery Hire is possible outside formal opening hours. Our spaces provide a stunning and unique environment for corporate events, concerts, lectures and receptions.

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Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 Sundays & Bank Holidays 12.00 – 17.00 CLOSED: Mondays, Good Friday 14 April, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January

How to find us The Fitzwilliam Museum is in Trumpington Street, a few minutes walk from Cambridge City Centre. No visitor parking. Limited Pay & Display and disabled badge-holder parking is available on Trumpington Street. Nearest car parks: Grand Arcade off Pembroke Street, or Queen Anne, Gonville Place.




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What's On January - April 2017  

Programme of exhibitions and events

What's On January - April 2017  

Programme of exhibitions and events