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WHAT’S ON May – August 2017



Welcome to the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum was founded by a bequest of Richard, Viscount 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. Admission to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions is free for everyone to enjoy. This year’s Business Partners are: TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s. Their support has gone towards an inspiring and thought-provoking programme including creative learning events for visitors of all ages, inclusion projects to ensure the widest range of people can enjoy the collections, and our major exhibitions.

A message from the Director Recently accepted by H.M. Government in Lieu of Inheritance Tax, they were allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum and are now on display in Gallery 1. Look out for the study for Whistler’s much admired portrait Harmony in Grey and Green: Miss Cicely Alexander (1872-74, Tate Britain).

This summer we’re pleased to mark the UK-India Year of Culture by taking part in the University of Cambridge Museum’s programme India Unboxed. The Fitzwilliam is contributing with special exhibitions of Indian miniatures and coins, with more events and digital encounters taking place across the other University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden. And if you haven’t already seen Madonnas & Miracles (our most complex exhibition build to date!) be sure to catch it before it closes on 4 June.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce that our visitor figures for 2016 were the highest on record, with 437,105 people visiting the Fitzwilliam. Thanks to generous donations, the bicentenary also saw a series of spectacular additions to the permanent collection: Admiral Russell’s Frame, the Castle Howard cabinets, and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s portrait of his dapper little brother, Claude-Armand Gérôme. A special evening talk on this latest acquisition has been programmed for 30 June, with the Musée d’Orsay’s Senior Curator, Edouard Papet, revealing more about Gérôme’s extraordinary classical and oriental visions.

Other things to discover anew in the Museum are three pastel studies by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (18341903).

Tim Knox Director and Marlay Curator


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

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

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

Location Key 3 British Art 10 Octagon Gallery 12 Adeane Gallery 13 Mellon Gallery 14 Shiba Gallery 16 Charrington Print Room 21 Greece & Rome 27 European Pottery

Exhibitions Study Day




Children’s Workshops


Young People 17 Displays

A floor plan showing all locations is available from both entrances and on our website.


Tours 21 Talks




Music 25 University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden


Visitor Information


Support the Fitzwilliam


34 Fan Gallery 36 Studio


Special Events 10

33 Arts of the Near East 35 Seminar Room


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Cover: Rama riding in victory across a landscape, India, Pahari, second half of 18th century, bequeathed 1946 by P.C. Manuk and Miss G.M. Coles (PD.107-1948)



HHHHH Surely the exhibition of the year The Mail on Sunday

A pioneering exhibition

The Spectator

Until  4 June 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, this five-star critically acclaimed exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance. Against a background of stunning works of art, humble and everyday artefacts are displayed from across the Italian peninsula. 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 a programme of events and more about the exhibition visit: For complementary events see pages 10, 11, 22, 24 & 25.

Funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's FP7 Ideas programme. Virgin and Child, Attr. Pietro di Niccolò da Orvieto, first half 15th century (detail)



Mixed Band Sampler (detail), possibly 1655. Inscribed ‘Anne Lawle’

Sampled Lives: Samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum 6 May 2017 – 8 April 2018 34 (Stepped access only. Unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users*) Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives. These beautifully embroidered and stitched samplers illuminate the lives of girls and women, from mid-17th century English Quakers to early 20th century school pupils, encompassing their education, employment, religion, family, societal status and needlework skills. The display also highlights the individuality of each sampler, which in some cases is the only surviving document to record the existence of an ordinary young woman. This display will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue by Carol Humphrey, Honorary Keeper of Textiles, available to purchase from the Courtyard Shop. * Visit to discover themes and highlights of the exhibition.



Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar: Coins of India from antiquity to the present 16 May – 1 October 10 As part of the commemoration in 2017 of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence - marked by the UK-India Year of Culture - this exhibition drawn from the Fitzwilliam’s world-class numismatic collection, will explore the history of India through coins produced from the 4th century BC until recent times. Cultural, religious, economic and political developments are richly illustrated by the coins on show. They focus on representative periods of India’s history, ending with a display of banknotes and coins produced since India became independent in 1947.

For complementary events look out for the

Southern Deccan, Gold Gajapati Pagoda (detail), c.1080-1135

logo on pages 15-18, 21, 23 & 24.


From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum 29 May – 3 September 14 The Fitzwilliam’s second exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, showcases a selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century. The exhibition will include works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India. The paintings and drawings represent some of the main themes that engaged patrons and artists in India in the early modern period, including religious epic and myth, history, royal portraiture, hunting, natural history, music and architecture.

For complementary events look out for the

Ramkali Ragini, Ragamala illustration (detail), Mughal, Murshidabad, c. 1755

logo on pages 15-18, 21, 23 & 24.



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


Sea to Shore: Paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum Until 27 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 capture innovatively their experiences of the sea. Their paintings also depict the flavour of life in port towns. The display includes 17 extraordinary paintings by Cornish artist and mariner Alfred Wallis, who painted from memory using the materials around him, recalling his days at sea. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website: For complementary events see pages 16, 22, 23 & 24.



Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours Until 21 May 14  A sea battle (The Battle of Ness, 30 November, 1652) (detail) Petrus Johannes Schotel (1808-1865)

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 also by Ludolf Backhuysen. This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, which depicts tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch. For complementary talk see page 22.

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls Until 10 September

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. The prints capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll and the era’s delight in the natural world. This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Kolbe’s twenty-five etchings, issued in six 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. For complementary talk see page 23.

Chloe idille, 1805 (detail), Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759 – 1835), etching


Special Events


Virgin and Child (detail), Italy, c.1600-1700, maiolica

Late at the Fitzwilliam Wednesday 17 May Open until 21.00 Enter by Courtyard Entrance FREE Immerse your senses and be transported to the holy home in Renaissance Italy. For one night only experience the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition with added sights, smells, sounds and objects to touch. A ten-minute introduction to your sensory exhibition experience will be given by Dr Irene Galandra Cooper at 18.00, 19.00 and 20.00. In addition, you can hear renowned writer of historical fiction, broadcaster and critic, Sarah Dunant, give an illustrated talk at 19.00. Dunant will show how she uses art and objects to help her enter and conjure up the past. Tickets for this talk cost ÂŁ7 and are available through or tel: 01223 357851. The Courtyard Shop will be open for late-night shopping (until 20.45) and the Courtyard CafĂŠ will be serving cocktails and Mediterranean nibbles (until 20.30). This event forms part of the University of Cambridge Museums Cam Lates programme, for information about other lates visit:

Special Events

Detail of the papyrus of Ramose

Attr. Giovanni di Nicola di Manzoni dal Colle, inkstand with The Nativity, c.1510


Faith in the home Wednesday 24 May FREE Enter by Courtyard Entrance Join us for a panel discussion on four different world religions and hear how traditions and personal experiences of faith are revealed in people’s homes today. This panel discussion complements our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, which shows how religious beliefs and practices were embedded in every aspect of domestic life in Renaissance Italy. The panel will be chaired by Dr Mary Laven (Faculty of History), one of the Curators of the exhibition and a Principal Investigator of the research project Domestic Devotions, of which the exhibition forms a part. Panel members include: Atif Imtiaz (Islam), Rochel Leigh (Judaism), Subha Mukherji (Hinduism) and Patricia Boulhosa (Christianity). 18.00 Doors open at Courtyard Entrance with a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival 18.30 – 19.30 Panel discussion in Gallery 7 19.30 – 20.00 Opportunity to view the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition Booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

The Book of the Dead of Ramose: Special viewing of an Egyptian masterpiece Saturday 22 July 10.00 – 16.30 FREE 13 The Book of the Dead of Ramose is one of the finest examples of funerary papyrus to have survived from ancient Egypt. For one day only, this rarely seen papyrus will be laid out in one long stretch, in a single gallery to allow visitors to view it for themselves. Experts will be on hand to answer questions. Numbers of visitors will be controlled and viewing will be on a first-come-first-served basis.


Special Events Jean-Léon Gérôme A certain taste for archaeology Friday 30 June £12 • £10 concessions/Friends (includes glass of wine/soft drink) Enter by Main Entrance Following the Museum’s successful bicentenary acquisition of Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Portrait of ClaudeArmand Gérôme, the foremost expert on Gérôme and Musée d’Orsay’s Senior Curator for Sculpture, Edouard Papet, will contextualise this significant 19th century artist and his intimate works. 18.45 Doors open for a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival, and opportunity to view the Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme with curatorial staff 19.15 – 20.15 Lecture Booking essential, visit: or tel: 01223 357851

Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme, c.1848 Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), Photo © Daniel Katz Ltd

Study Day


Armour study day Chivalry re-imagined: Collecting and displaying Renaissance armour in the late 19th century Monday 22 May 9.30 – 16.30 (registration from 9.00 – 9.30) £25 (includes lunch and tea/coffee) Enter by Courtyard Entrance At this study day, historians and curators from some of Europe's most prominent museums (V&A, Wallace Collection, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, and the Fitzwilliam) will speak about the collecting practices of Renaissance armour in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Who were the men who collected these objects? What qualities were considered favourable, and how did collectors and museums choose to display this armour once acquired? Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided. The day will also include a handling session, giving attendees the opportunity to handle pieces of 15th and 16th century armour. Booking essential. Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Historical photograph of armour displays in the Fitzwilliam, mid-20th century.

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, focussing on one of the themes below…


Indian miniatures

6 May

1 July

Gods and goddesses

Metallic mayhem

3 June

5 August

Image © Martin Bond

Plus Family tours with one of our Educators Tours last 30 minutes and leave at 14.00 and 15.00. Recommended for children aged 5+. Number restrictions apply.

Family Art Week at the Fitzwilliam Tuesday 1 – Friday 4 August 11.00 – 15.00 All ages FREE • Drop-in Join us for art-making and activities focussed around the theme of India, as part of The University of Cambridge Museum’s India Unboxed and Summer at the Museums programmes, including the special pre-booked event below.

Indian coins handling sessions Wednesday 2 August 12.00 & 14.00 8 years + FREE • Booking essential Tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Discover in a day Friday 4 August 10.00 – 16.00 FREE • Drop-in Pick up your Discover Arts Award challenge at the Fitzwilliam Museum. Hunt around the Museum and gather inspiration from the India Unboxed displays across Cambridge and try out different activities as part of Family Art Week. Hand in your completed booklet to achieve the Discover Arts Award in a day!

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.

Small boat in a rough sea, c.1936, Alfred Wallis © Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge

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.

Sea to shore Saturday 20 May 10.30 – 12.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child Marvel at the paintings in the Kettle’s Yard exhibit Sea to Shore, then paint your own seascape with artist Susie Olczak.

Animals of India Saturday 17 June 10.30 – 12.30 5 – 7 yrs £8 per child Search for animals in our Indian Miniatures show and sculpt your own Indiainspired animal.

Early sounds

It’s magic

Thursday 22 June 12.45 – 13.45 0 – 5 yrs FREE

Wednesday 28 June & Tuesday 18 July 10.00 – 11.30 2 – 5 yrs £3 per child

Bring your little ones for a musical adventure, based on inspiration from the Museum. The workshop is delivered by a Finnish early childhood music teacher, Dr. Laura Huhtinen-Hildén. A collaboration with Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC).

Baby magic Tuesday 27 June & Wednesday 19 July 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, sound and movement. We will enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.

Looking at art can be magical. Listen to stories exploring work in the galleries and make art of your own in the studio to take home.

Mixed media Saturday 15 July 10.30 – 12.30 8 – 12 yrs £8 per child Join children’s illustrator Lauren Clemmet, to create a mixed media masterpiece inspired by art in the Museum.

Study of a Nilgai (detail), Mughal, c.1630-50

Young People


A special programme for teenagers 11.00 – 13.00 13 – 18 yrs £5 36 Enjoy art and want to develop your own ideas and art skills? Join us in the friendly environment of the Museum art studio and get creative with our guest artists. Each month we offer an art workshop on a different theme designed to expand your painting and drawing skills.

BANG! Up to date Saturday 13 May Mix it up with collage and paint to make your own contemporary pieces inspired by the Fitzwilliam Museum modernist paintings, with artist Hideki Arichi.

Draw, cut, print, repeat Saturday 10 June Inspired by the latest Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum develop your own drawings into a two colour reduction lino print with artist Lucy Mazur.

ArtEast Saturday 8 July Explore our special exhibition of Indian miniature paintings with artist Caroline Wendling, and make your own set of miniature paintings.


Young People


MAKE! 14.00 - 16.00 11 – 13 yrs £5 36 For younger teens at secondary school 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.

Bold colour, quiet colour Saturday 13 May Join artist Hideki Arichi to explore colour and paint using modern art in the Museum as an inspiring starting point.

Draw, print, draw Saturday 10 June Get inspired by the new Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum and develop your own drawings into a mono print. Session with artist Lucy Mazur.

Indian animals in art Saturday 8 July Explore our exhibition of Indian miniature paintings with elephants, tigers and horses, with artist Caroline Wendling, and create your own set of small paintings. Image © Martin Bond

In partnership with Brookes Cambridge

India Unboxed: Bronze Arts Award in a week! Tuesday 15 – Friday 18 August 10.15 – 15.00 11 – 14 years £85 (4 day course) Explore arts from India in this creative four-day course. Take a tour of our Indian paintings exhibition, go behind the scenes with object handling opportunities, create your own artwork inspired by Indian patterns, and also write art reviews.



Peace and War 1900 – 1940 Medal of the 'Art Deco' Exhibition, Paris, 1925

4 July – 29 October 33 Between 1900 and 1940 France was at the heart of artistic innovation in Europe, and it gave the world the Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. France was also locked into a struggle for supremacy with Germany, in two World Wars. Medals from France and Germany powerfully illustrate this conflict, and the arts of peace.

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). These artworks have been generously offered to the Fitzwilliam Museum on long-term loan, with over 130 pieces introduced throughout the galleries. The objects are displayed throughout the Museum to create intriguing and witty juxtapositions and ‘conversations’, just as the works were seen in the Valsecchi’s private home. They can be identified in the galleries by their specially designed labels. Vase, favrile glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany



Dark Water, Burning World, 2016 © Issam Kourbaj

Victorian Life and Leisure Until 2 July 33 Coins, medals and tokens show how everyday life was transformed by both the coming of the railways and also by 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 people’s limited leisure time. Music, art and culture thrived with the support of the Victorian middle classes.

Lesbos and Syria Until 31 July Case 14 in Gallery 21

Cambridge Star Brewery, two pence brass token

To mark the 6th 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.

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973) Until November Front Lawn 2017 is your last chance to see a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, Hill Arches, on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Here Moore 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. Hill Arches, 1973, Henry Moore (1898 – 1986), T   he Henry Moore Foundation, Gift of the artist 1977 Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation



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

Madonnas and Miracles Wednesday 24 May 14.30  – 16.15 FREE Meet at the Courtyard Entrance Join curators and staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum to explore this special exhibition through a series of descriptive exhibition highlights in the gallery. Afterwards, there will be a unique opportunity to handle a selection of Italian Renaissance objects.

Coins from India: Ancient to present Tuesday 4 July 14.30  – 16.15 FREE Meet at the Courtyard Entrance Join curators and staff from the Fitzwilliam Museum for an exploratory handling session with a selection of beautiful coins from India, and an introductory talk in the exhibition itself.

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 audiodescriptive tours Available free of charge on audio handsets for a tour of selected exhibits from the permanent collection.



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, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. Induction loop available.

Family reading and praying in the Italian Renaissance home

Domestic devotions: Thinking with things

Wednesday 3 May

Wednesday 24 May

Dr Abigail Brundin, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Dr Dora Thornton, Curator of Renaissance Europe and the Waddesdon Bequest, British Museum

Sailboats off a jetty in a breeze (detail), Cornelis Claesz van Wieringen (1580-1643)

Madonnas & Miracles: The inside story Thursday 25 May Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts

Imagining the holy land in the Italian Renaissance home Making Waves and Sea to Shore Images inspired by the sea across five centuries, from the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettle’s Yard
 Wednesday 10 May Meet in Gallery 14 Henrietta Ward, Assistant Keeper Paintings Drawings and Prints, and Guy Haywood, Assistant Curator, Kettle’s Yard Galleries 14 and 27

Porcelain Wednesday 17 May Part of the seminar series Embodied Things, run by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge Helen Ritchie, Research Assistant, Department of Applied Arts

Wednesday 31 May Professor Deborah Howard, Department of History of Art

Talks French Liberty; British Slavery (detail), James Gillray (c.1745–1818)


Idylls and oaks: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe's prints after Gessner

Silver, gold and copper for India’s money: Ancient to present


Wednesday 5 July

Wednesday 7 June Anna Schultz, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Dr Adrian Popescu, Keeper of Coins and Medals

Wonderwalls: Ovid’s Metamorphoses in art

Elephants and emperors: Elephants in Indian painting and culture

Wednesday 21 June

Wednesday 12 July

Professor Emily Gowers, Faculty of Classics

Free speech and seditious libel: James Gillray and the crisis of the French Revolution Wednesday 28 June Tim Clayton, Independent scholar and bestselling author

Marcus Fraser, Honorary Keeper of Islamic Manuscripts and Miniatures

The Alfred Wallis factor in St Ives art Wednesday 19 July David Wilkinson, author of The Alfred Wallis Factor

Image © Martin Bond

Art speak Tuesdays 16 May, 20 June & 18 July 13.15 • FREE • Drop-in Meet in Courtyard Entrance Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.



MUSE 10.15 – 12.00 36 £10 per session Discover new ways of working at this artistled workshop, which is inspired by Museum exhibitions and collections. There are different themes each month. Family kneeling in prayer in front of their house (detail) Lonigo, Madonna dei Miracoli, Museo degli ex voto

Friday 19 May The special exhibition Madonnas and Miracles is the starting point for discovering personal objects of devotion from Renaissance Italy. From these intimate art works and objects you can create your own small clay relief, plaque or tile. Friday 23 June

Everyday miracles A series of two creative writing workshops Saturdays 13 & 27 May 13.30 – 15.30

Looking at the most recent Kettle’s Yard installation at the Fitzwilliam Museum, use the joyful paintings of Alfred Wallis to develop your own drawings into a lino print. Friday 21 July Explore the world of Indian miniatures and create your own Indian inspired painting in gouache.

Friends’ Room £20 for both workshops (£15 concessions/Friends) Take a special tour of the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition and explore the Renaissance home where the divine and domestic are intertwined. Followed by a writing workshop, with tutor Helen Taylor, where you will use the exhibition as a springboard for writing poetry and prose.

Indian coins handling session Wednesday 16 August 14.00 - 15.00 FREE • Booking essential Inspired by the Elephants, Deities and Ashoka’s Pillar exhibition.

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 – 14.00 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, unless otherwise stated. One 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.

Cracow Duo Sunday 30 April Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) perform pieces by Schumann, Debussy, Panufnik, Martinu and Tansman.

Instrumental award holders for chamber music Sunday 7 May The very best undergraduate chamber musicians perform Brahms’ Clarinet Trio and Debussy’s String Quartet.

Galliard Trio Italian keyboard music for devotion and contemplation Friday 12 May 7 Harpsichord recital, programmed to complement the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, with Dr Gerald Gifford FRCM (Honorary Keeper of Music). The recital will feature the Museum’s newly-restored 17th century Italian harpsichord. Voluntary collection in aid of the Italian Red Cross and its work with earthquake victims in the historic towns in Le Marche. No token necessary

Sunday 14 May Alec Forshaw (piano and bassoon), Andy Morris (flute and piccolo) and Martin White (oboe and cor anglais) perform pieces by Ravel, Bach and Mussorgsky.



Classical songs Sunday 21 May With Chloe Beresford-Jones (soprano), Helen Groves (soprano) and Jill Morton (piano).

Piano recital Sunday 28 May Catherine Lan (piano) performs Bach’s English Suite No. 3, Schumann’s Sonata No. 2, and Granados’ Goyescas No. 1.

Viola recital Sunday 4 June Daniel Palmizio (viola) performs Bach’s unaccompanied Suites 1-3.

Viola recital Sunday 11 June Daniel Palmizio (viola) returns to perform Bach’s unaccompanied Suites 4-6.

Music for marimba Sunday 16 July With Jessica Ryckewaert (marimba). Part of Cambridge Summer Music

Music for piano Sunday 23 July With Andrew Brownell (piano). Part of Cambridge Summer Music

Foyle-Stsura Duo Saturday 29 July Violin and piano recital. Part of Cambridge Summer Music

Image: © Martin Bond



Photo: Dave Stapleton

Cambridge Summer Music Festival evening concert With Ivana Gavrić (piano) Wednesday 19 July 19.30 3 £22, includes a glass of wine Enjoy a programme of piano music including two lyric pieces by Grieg, Schumann's Kreisleriana, Mazurkas and Nocturnes by Chopin, Liszt's Petrarch Sonnets and the whirlwind Rhapsodie Espagnole. The young virtuoso, Ivana Gavrić, has been hailed as a 'wonderful and sensitive artist', 'electrifying', and a player with a 'beautiful musical personality'. Tickets available from Tel: 01223 357851, or visit:


University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden

The University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden are all within short walking distance of the city centre. Download a handy map to plan your visit from our website:

Coming up… India Unboxed To mark the UK-India Year of Culture 2017, the University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden is celebrating a shared season on the theme of India - a programme of exhibitions, events, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more within the museums and the city of Cambridge.

Big Weekend Saturday 8 July 12.00 – 17.00 Parker’s Piece FREE • Drop-in Join the University of Cambridge Museums for some hands-on creative fun. Get a taste of what we have in store for the summer holidays and be one of the first to pick up our Summer at the Museums events programme.

Image Š Martin Bond

University of Cambridge Museums & Botanic Garden

Summer at the Museums 22 July to 3 September Looking for family fun and inspiration over summer? Well look no further as Summer at the Museums is back. Choose from a range of museums and venues across Cambridgeshire and enjoy hands-on activities, trails, workshops and creativity throughout the holidays. Programme includes Family Art Week at the Fitzwilliam, see page 15 for details.

Cam Lates Various dates in 2017 Cam Lates, our after-hours events for adults, marches on. Tickets sell fast, so get the latest event news by signing up on the Cam Lates web page. Next up, The Fitzwilliam Museum will be immersing your senses and transporting you to the holy home in Renaissance Italy (17 May).

Keep in touch Get the latest exhibition and event news, sign up at: @CamUnivMuseums

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Visitor Information


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



Please use Courtyard Entrance for street level access and entrance for groups and schools. Fully accessible toilets and lift access to all floors.

A digital guide to the collections is available from both Museum entrances at a cost of £4 (£3 concessions), free to Friends.

All displays accessible apart from balcony in Gallery 3 and Sasakawa Fan Gallery. An audio described guide for blind and partiallysighted visitors is available for free. For large print, Braille information or further access enquiries, tel: 01223 332928 or email: fitzmuseum-access@lists.

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

Wheelchairs are available to borrow at the Courtyard Entrance. Please book in advance, tel: 01223 332928.

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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Non flash photography with hand-held cameras is allowed for private use in the Museum, unless otherwise indicated.

Learning A wide and flexible range of teaching and practical sessions for pre-booked school groups. For more information about our wider learning offer 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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Image © Martin Bond

Become a Friend and enjoy • Exclusive lectures, evening openings and study days at the Museum

Support Us! Donations keep our galleries open free of charge, conserve our collection and deliver our education service. Please donate online, at the Museum or contact the Development Office to discuss giving opportunities.

• Discounted tickets for Museum events • Free digital eGuide for self-guided tours of the Museum’s collection • Special visits to see other treasures within the Colleges of the University of Cambridge • Visits to exhibitions, art galleries and historic houses in Britain • Social events in the summer and at Christmas • Seasonal offers in the Museum’s Courtyard Shop Unique among UK museums, the Friends’ subscription is directed exclusively to new acquisitions for the Museum. Join online and find out more at: Or call the Friends Office on: 01223 332933

The Marlay Group enjoys a special relationship with one of the greatest art collections of the nation and contribute to the future of the Fitzwilliam. Legacies help safeguard the collection for future generations to appreciate.

Corporate sponsorship of exhibitions, events and education programmes offers opportunities for businesses to strengthen their corporate image and promote their brand.

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

Find out more, contact: Lois Hargrave, Director of Development Tel: 01223 332921 Email:


Opening Hours Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 Sundays & Bank Holidays 12.00 – 17.00 CLOSED: Mondays, 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.




The U bus from Madingley Road Park & Ride, Cambridge Station, and Addenbrooke’s Hospital stops outside the Museum Mon - Fri. Timetable available from:


For Park & Ride information visit:


Trumpington Street Cambridge CB2 1RB Tel: 01223 332900 Email:


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The Fitzwilliam Museum gratefully acknowledges the assistance of The Art Fund as a major supporter of acquisitions

What's On May - August 2017  

Programme of exhibitions and events

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