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Current Exhibitions

Raphael's Legacy: Italian Design in the 16th Century

12 February - 1 June 2015


Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael was one of the most celebrated and influential artists. Despite his early death in 1520, at the age of only 37, his pupils and followers continued to develop their master’s tradition – the two best known are probably Giulio Romano and Marcantonio Raimondi. Their designs for prints, silver and gold vessels, paintings and tapestries dominated the artistic language of the time. This exhibition gives a glimpse into that splendour. 






Up Close and Personal - A Portrait of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

19 March - 31 May 2015


One of the most powerful men in England during the reign of Henry VIII, and yet there are hardly any contemporary portraits of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (1473-1530). The most frequently used likeness was painted posthumously and is housed in Christ Church Hall. Now, for the first time, it has been taken down from the heights in which it usually hangs, and visitors can get close to it and look Thomas Wolsey in the eye. Wolsey's original cardinal's hat will also be on display.








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