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...the process or quality of being inspired
...the person or thing that inspires
...a sudden clever or timely idea
...the process of inhalation


From Latin inspirare to 'inspire', also 'to give life to someone or something'

[Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 2007]

The biographies grouped under this theme feature an artist and a writer who have been inspired by objects in the Fitzwilliam Museum, in the past and in the present. For a more extensive approach to this subject, please also view our online exhibition The Fitzwilliam Museum: A Source of Inspiration - Contemporary artists and writers in dialogue with the Fitzwilliam Museum