» Past Exhibitions
25th May - 29th August 2010
The 34 drawings in the exhibition came from the collection of General John Guise (1682-1765), the Picture Gallery’s main benefactor. Guise combined his profession as a soldier with his passion for Old Master drawings. It is therefore tempting to assume that he might have had a special interest in military scenes. Unfortunately, this assumption is difficult to verify, but this exhibition showed some outstanding drawings which he might have studied in more detail and left it to the viewer to decide if our collectors’ fascination with war can be detected in his collection of drawings.
Updated: Wednesday 9th February 2011 14:27
20th March - 30th May 2010
The depiction of the Madonna and Child is the most popular devotional image. Five rarely seen works from the Christ Church collection allowed visitors to re-acquaint themselves with this familiar theme and to re-visit the Madonna and Child paintings of our primary collection, by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Annibale Carracci and many more.
Updated: Wednesday 29th September 2010 14:35
16th February - 16th May 2010
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475 - 1564) is regarded as the most influential artists of all times. His fresco of the Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican is the most replicated work of art. Artists from Raphael to Tintoretto copied his works in order to further their own artistic ideas. This exhibition brought together thirty-three drawings from the Christ Church collection of Old Masters to trace and understand Michelangelo's genius through his followers, imitators and admirers.
Updated: Wednesday 9th February 2011 14:21
2nd November - 7th February 2010
How drapery and clothes enrobe the human figure and how to depict the varied qualities of material was and remains one of the challenges in art. With more than thirty old master drawings this exhibition explored a seemingly mundane topic and illustrated its richness and creative power. Works on display included Leonardo da Vinci's Study of a Sleeve and drapery studies by Figino, one of Leonardo's followers. Despite their practical qualities all the drawings - in their rendering of the folds, play with light and shade and lines that follow or defeat the imagined body underneath - can equally be regarded as abstract poetic forms.
Updated: Wednesday 9th February 2011 14:23
12th June – 4th October 2009
Christ Church’s collection contains a large number of drawings from the mid-sixteenth century. The importance of that period in art was only fully recognised in the twentieth century and with this recognition the treasures of Christ Church became focal points in the study of the era. Jacopo Pontormo’s preparatory drawing for his Lamentation in the church of Santa Felicita in Florence is probably the most famous example of this kind. More than thirty drawings were on display in this exhibition by artists such as Vasari, Salviati, Allori, Pontormo and many more.
Updated: Wednesday 9th February 2011 14:24
7th May 2009 - 14th June 2009
Karen Forsyth, an Oxford based artist exhibited her recent works – figure drawings in pencil, charcoal and chalk, some on prepared paper. Her drawings impress through a lightness which she achieves by an almost meditative movement of the line.
Updated: Friday 25th June 2010 9:50
5th March - 19th April 2009 (coincided with the Times Oxford Literary Festival)
A selection of drawings were displayed for the Times Oxford Literary Festival, fashioning connections between fine art and the written word.
Updated: Friday 25th June 2010 9:31
24th February - 31st May 2009
Sir Peter Lely was one of the first artist-collectors of Old Master drawings. More than thirty drawings from his former collection were on display in this exhibition, re-creating the taste of one of Britain's most successful artists of the 17th century.
Updated: Wednesday 9th February 2011 14:30
1st November - 22nd February 2009
An exhibition celebrating the spirit of Christmas: the works on show depicted scenes from the Nativity to the Flight to Egypt and included drawings by Titian, Correggio and Domenichino.
Updated: Wednesday 4th August 2010 15:32
1st November - 7th December 2008
For the first time Christ Church Picture Gallery showed works by the Queen’s College physicist and watercolourist Graeme Salmon.
Updated: Friday 25th June 2010 9:34