Into Your Hands: An Artistic Pilgrimage through Holy Week
Wednesday 23 March - Friday 25 March 2016
Join us on Holy Week for three talks in front of paintings at Campion Hall, Christ Church Picture Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum. Please see below for full schedule. All events are free and open to the public. No booking required.
Wednesday 23 March at 4pm: Painting: Cigoli, La Pieta; Talk by Professor T Frank Kennedy, SJ; Location: Campion Hall, Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QS
Thursday 24 March at 4pm: Painting: Master of Delft, The Deposition of Christ; Talk by The Very Rev'd Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church) and Jacqueline Thalmann (Curator of the Picture Gallery); Location: Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP
Friday 25 March at 11am: Painting: Anthony Van Dyck, The Deposition; Talk by Dr Philip Kennedy; Location: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
'Pictures in Music, Music in Words'
Saturday 5 March 2015, 2.30pm
Join us for one hour of music and words from antiquity to the present day, organised by Sebastian Black.
Free with gallery entrance ticket.
Art and Advent Talks
Join us this Advent for three special talks in front of paintings. Christ Church Picture Gallery, in cooperation with Campion Hall, contemplates the Nativity with visual and theological explorations of three paintings.
Taking place on three consecutive Saturdays at Campion Hall, the Ashmolean Museum, and Christ Church Picture Gallery. No booking needed. Full schedule below.
In the Light of Raphael
This autumn Christ Church Picture Gallery will welcome Prof Dr Arnold Nesselrath from the Vatican Museums to give the Picture Gallery’s 250th anniversary talk.
When General John Guise (1682-1765) bequeathed his collection to Christ Church, the artist whose fame and reputation had not only endured, but had steadily increased, was the Renaissance master Raphael. While Guise’s collection shows many idiosyncrasies, he undeniably shared with his contemporaries a deep admiration for Raphael.
Prof Nesselrath is in charge of the best known works of art in the world –Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and Raphael’s Stanze. He is intimately familiar with Raphael’s oeuvre and one of the leading scholars on the artist. His talk at Christ Church will present new research and discoveries made during the current conservation of Raphael’s frescos.
The talk is free, but places are limited and we therefore ask people to book in advance. Please either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 276172 to reserve a place at the talk.
Lunchtime Recitals in the Picture Gallery
3 – 17 June 2015, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 1.00pm
In collaboration with the Bate Music Collection, 18th century music performed on early original instruments to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Guise Bequest. A harpsichord from the Bate Collection has been installed in the Picture Gallery for these recitals.
Free with gallery entrance ticket.
Wednesday 3rd June: Musicians from the Royal College of Music's Historical Performance Department. Baroque music by Blavet, Bach and Telemann. Fatima Lahham on recorders; Elin White on baroque violin; Thomas Allery on harpsichord.
Saturday 6th June: Richard McKenzie on lute. Music by Porro, Vidal, Sor and various other composers.
Wednesday 10th June: Francis Shepherd on harpsichord. Semper dolens - Exploring Renaissance chromaticism and melancholy. Featuring a selection of music by Sweelinck, Frescobaldi and Gibbons.
Saturday 13th June: The Bate Consort (on viols). English and Italian consort pieces from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including works by William Byrd, John Dowland and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
Wednesday 17th June: David Gerrard on harpsichord. A selection of Preludes and Fugues from Book II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, interspersed with other works by Bach and Böhm.
A double-manual harpsichord by Michael Johnson, Dorset, UK, 1986 (Bate Collection number OXFBC9060). This instrument is a modern copy of a 17th century-style instrument of the Ruckers family. Ruckers were harpsichord and virginal makers from the Southern Netherlands, based in Antwerp in the 16th and 17th century. Their influence stretched well into the 18th century, and to the harpsichord revival of the 20th. This instrument has naturals of dark wood and bone-covered sharps, a soundboard decorated with plants and animals, and the interior of the lid with Sylvan scenes. The exterior of the case is painted with a marbling effect; hinges and clasps are of brass.
Easter 2015 Picture Hunt
Friday, 3rd April - Monday 6th April 2015
The Picture Gallery is open as usual on Easter weekend...why not visit and enjoy an Easter picture hunt? You will be given a sheet with images cropped from some of our paintings. Take a look around the gallery and try to find the original paintings. If you identify all of the paintings, you can collect an Easter treat! Ask for details at the entrance desk.
From Darkness into Light: An Artistic Pilgrimage through Holy Week
Wednesday 1st April - Sunday 5th April 2015
A week of reflections in front of paintings at Christ Church Picture Gallery, Campion Hall, the Ashmolean Museum, and Keble College. It begins on Wednesday the 1st of April at 4.00pm at Christ Church Picture Gallery, in front of Jacapo Bassano's Christ Crowned with Thorns. The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Rev'd Professor Martyn Percy, and the Curator of the Picture Gallery, Jacqueline Thalmann, will take you on a visual and theological exploration of the painting. See below for complete schedule and leaflet.
Complete Schedule of Events
(All events are free and open to the public)
Wednesday 1 April at 4pm: Painting: Jacopo Bassano, Christ Crowned with Thorns;Talk by The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church) and Jacqueline Thalmann (Curator of the Picture Gallery); Location: Christ Church Picture Gallery, Christ Church, Oxford OX1 1DP
Thursday 2 April at 4pm: Painting: Roy de Maestre, Instruments of the Passion; Talk by Revd Dr James Hanvey, SJ (Master of Campion Hall); Location: Campion Hall, Brewer Street, Oxford OX1 1QS
Friday 3 April at 11am: Painting: Marcello Venusti, The Crucifixion; Talk by Revd Dr James Hanvey, SJ (Master of Campion Hall); Location: Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH
Saturday 4 April at 4pm: Silent Saturday – Vigil at the Catholic Chaplaincy, Rose Place, Oxford OX1 1RD
Sunday 5 April at 4pm: Painting: William Holman Hunt, The Light of the World; Talk by Revd T Frank Kennedy, SJ; Location: Keble College, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PG
A Talk by Martin Kemp
Thursday 26th February 2015 at 5:30 pm
Join us for a talk by Martin Kemp (Emeritus Research Professor in the History of Art, Oxford University).
McKenna Room, Christ Church ~ Free and open to the public