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Past Exhibitions

Prophecies, Histories, Legends and Law in Drawings by Old Masters

20th February - 9th June 2013


Depictions of Old Testament scenes.



Two Landscapes Revisited

30th January - October 2013

Looking at two landscapes by Viola and Domenichino.



Five Drawings by Federico Barocci (c. 1533 - 1612)


In May 2013 the National Gallery in London staged the first major exhibition of works by the Umbrian artist Federico Barocci (c. 1533 - 1612): Federico Barocci - Brilliance and Grace . To tie in with this seminal London exhibition, Christ Church Picture Gallery  exhibited five drawings by Federico Barocci from its own collection.



Pathos, Invention and Speed: Luca Cambiaso (1527 - 1585) and his Time

27th October - 11th February 2013


Luca Cambiaso (1527 – 85) was the most inventive and prolific draughtsman in Genoa in the16th century.




Prints by Gayna Wiles - from the sketchbook: Objects, Views & Places

28th October - 17th December 2012

Heroic Nakedness - Exploring the body through the eyes of Renaissance and Baroque artists

13th June - 15th October 2012


This exhibition celebrated the human body as seen by Renaissance and Baroque artists and celebrated Olympic ideals. With over 30 drawings from Christ Church permanent collection,  it demonstrated how artists explore the physical beauty of the human form.



Salvador Dali's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland

27th June - 22nd October 2012

An exhibition to commemorate 150 years since Charles Dodgson (alias Lewis Carroll) invented and told the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the first time, at a boat party and picnic on the river Thames.

Prints by Peter Rhoades - a Retrospective

27th May - 24th June 2012

This exhibition showed rarely-seen works by the Oxfordshire-based artist Peter Rhoades. His artistic interest is intensely focused on the varied forms of printmaking, a subject that he also taught and explored during his time as a lecturer at the Ruskin School of Drawing, the University of Oxford's faculty of fine art.

You are what you wear - Dress and Costume in Renaissance and Baroque drawings from Christ Church.

15th February - 4th June 2012

Dress was (and still is) a sign of identity; be it imposed by regulation or selected by choice. The visual arts have used this as an easy way to depict and characterise figures.




Clouet to Claude - French Master Drawings

5th October - 23rd December 2011 - (extended to 5th February 2012)


This exhibition allowed the viewer to celebrate the singular elegance and spirit of French  draughtsmanship.

Christ Church’s collection of almost 2000 Old Master Drawings contains fewer than forty sheets from the French School of which almost all were on show. 


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