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Join us for a talk about how conservators investigate the life-stories and secrets of artworks, followed by a choice of behind the scenes visits. From Egyptian mummies to Michelangelo drawings, see how we image, analyse and probe. Have a new, very personal encounter with our collections!
14:00 to 16:00
Introduced by Sir Nicholas Goodison, who with his wife Judith, has given over a hundred works by contemporary artists to the Museum and Amanda Game, author of Contemporary British Crafts: The Goodison Gift to The Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will give participants an opportunity to hear talks by leading contemporary UK-based designers and makers who work with a wide range of materials.
11:00 to 16:30
£35 (£20 concessions/Friends)
Talks and Events
To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel, joins artist Issam Kourbaj, to present an intervention that explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece. At this event, Kourbaj will launch Dark Water, Burning World - a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21; and Padel will read a new poem Lesbos 2015 - influenced by her meetings on the island of Lesbos, both with the inhabitants and with some of the thousands of Syrians who have fled there.
15:30 to 16:30
Tour for blind and partially sighted adults: Up close and personal: Degas and Rodin bronze sculptures
A unique opportunity to handle some beautiful bronze sculptures of horses, dancers, and other figures by famous French Impressionist artists Degas and Rodin. Learn how and why they were made, with Dr Vicky Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts.
14:30 to 16:15
Designed to complement our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition, this programme explores a different tradition of musicmaking from the grand polyphony of the chapel and cathedral. The Italian lauda (sacred song) provided a rich resource of music and poetry for domestic musical devotion at all levels - from simple, unaccompanied renditions to elaborate polyphony; yet it also influenced the most sophisticated composers of the age. Hear The Clerks vocal ensemble, specialists in the consort music of the Renaissance, perform traditional song, including laude from the collections of Ottaviano Petrucci and Serafino Razzi, and motets by Josquin Des Prez and Palestrina.
18:45 to 20:15
£25 (£20 concessions/Friends)
Evening Performances / Events
Immerse your senses and be transported to the holy home in Renaissance Italy. For one night only experience the Madonnas and Miracles exhibition with added sights, smells, sounds and handling objects to touch. Enjoy perfume workshops, or listen to a renowned writer of historical fiction explaining how to conjure up the past convincingly.
17:00 to 21:00
Free, some ticketed elements
for Young People
13 - 18 yrs
Join us to explore identity and portraits with artist Lucy Mazur. Use exciting drawing techniques with pens, biros and graphite to make lines and textures in large energetic images, inspired by the display of sculpture in Houghton’s Emperors.
11:00 to 13:00
11 - 14 yrs
We express our identities through how we decorate the places we live in and the objects we surround ourselves with. Inspired by Madonnas & Miracles, create your own objects and designs for the home, find out about artists and makers, and share skills to achieve an Arts Award.
04/04/2017 to 07/04/2017
10:15 to 15:00
£85 (4 day course)