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Forthcoming Exhibitions, Current Exhibitions

General John Guise's Swans - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Bellini, Titian

3 June - 5 October 2015


In 1765 General John Guise, a soldier and art collector, died. His wife and son had pre-deceased him and so he decided to leave his art collection to his former Oxford college, Christ Church. This extraordinary bequest is now celebrating its 250th anniversary. While the whole Picture Gallery is testimony to his benefaction, this exhibition wants to draw renewed attention to his collection of drawings. They include some of the most important Old Master drawings in this country, with sheets by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Bellini, Titian and many more.






Raphael's Legacy and 16th-century Design in Italy

11 February - 25 May 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 will give a glimpse into that splendour. 






Goddesses: Designing Female Beauty in the Renaissance and Baroque

12 September - 23 December 2014 (EXTENDED TO 2 FEBRUARY 2015)


How does one depict Venus, the goddess of love? What does Minerva, the goddess of wisdom, look like or Diana, goddess of the hunt? These are questions which artists had to solve in order to draw and paint these mythological figures. The drawings in this exhibition will show some of their 'solutions'.

Mounts, Mats & Marks: How collectors took ownership of their drawings

12 September 2014 - 2 February 2015


This small display will answer some often-asked questions by our visitors about inscriptions, numbers, stamps and borders on drawings.

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