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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.








Undisputed Masterpieces: General John Guise's Swans - Leonardo, Michelangelo, 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.






250 Reasons for 250 Years

12 June - 12 October 2015


2015 marks 250 years since General John Guise bequeathed his collection of over 200 paintings and almost 2000 drawings to Christ Church. In addition to our exhibition Undisputed Masterpieces (3 June - 5 October 2015), we are celebrating the anniversary in an exciting collaborative format: an installation of 250 cards to be displayed in the Picture Gallery.

Blank cards were sent to members of the Christ Church community -- to artists, scholars, students, and others -- with the request that they write down their thoughts about why art matters, why we should celebrate art benefactors like Guise, and why those who preserve, research, present, and create art still matter today.

We will install 250 of these cards in the Picture Gallery, one for each year since the Guise bequest.

Join in this project! Have your thoughts displayed in the Picture Gallery this June. Call or email the gallery (01865 276172 or and we will send you a blank postcard to fill in and return to us. You can also drop by the Picture Gallery during open hours to pick up a card.


A View of Venice

15 October 2015 - 25 January 2016

A rare and unknown panorama of Venice from the late 16th century. Details to follow.

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