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Past Exhibitions

The Decorated Wall: Designs of 16th and 17th century Italian wall decorations

20th November 2006 – 22nd January 2007

The exhibition brought together a group of Italian drawings from the 16th to the early 18th century showing the inventiveness of architectural wall decoration in late Renaissance and Baroque Italy. All works come from Christ Church’s own collection of drawings.

Leonardo and Milan: Drawings from the Guise Collection

9th August – 19th November 2006

Christ Church Picture Gallery’s collection of drawings was the collection of one man – General John Guise. Guise bequeathed his art collection to his former college in 1765.

To the Abstract and Back: Robert Medley CBE RA 1905 – 1994

12th May – 25th June 2006

Robert Medley’s oeuvre depicts the intellectual and humanist qualities of the 20th century and his abstract paintings were even described as ‘distillations in paint’. This exhibition of works by Robert Medley, an official war painter of the Second World War, brought together a selection of paintings and drawings from his long spanning career.

Don't Look Back!

24th March – 25th July 2006

Coinciding with the congress of spine surgeons at Christ Church, this drawings exhibition from the gallery’s permanent collection  showed a number of drawings of the back. Choosing works for this show made us realise how much interest artists had in the back-figure. Works in the show included drawings by Carlo Maratti, Annibale Carracci, Jacopo Tintoretto and many more.

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