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Discover the secrets of the snuffbox

The lavish and intricate gold boxes of the eighteenth-century have been described as some of the most beautiful objects ever made by man. The incredible Gilbert Collection of snuffboxes from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is on loan to the Fitzwilliam: but how were these tiny bejewelled creations made, why were they so desired and what was the cost for these golden ‘must-haves’?

Published: Thu 21 May 2015

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Make art and explore! Museum fun in half-term

There are half-term activities for all the family at the Fitzwilliam Museum from 23 - 31 May.

Published: Tue 19 May 2015

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Film: the making of Treasured Possessions

 
The Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge have released a new film documenting the making of Treasured Possessions, an exhibition exploring dazzling applied arts from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment.

Published: Tue 14 Apr 2015

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Poussin masterpiece goes on tour

In 2012 the Fitzwilliam Museum made headlines after raising £3.9 million to acquire Nicolas Poussin’s masterpiece Extreme Unction (c. 1638-40). Now this majestic painting will be going on tour to three collections so it can be seen and enjoyed across the nation.

Published: Thu 5 Mar 2015

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Auerbach sketches and birthday messages join the collections

A collection of 40 works by the painter Frank Auerbach collected by his friend and fellow-artist Lucian Freud have been allocated to museums and galleries across the UK. The allocation has come through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme administered by Arts Council England.

Published: Mon 2 Mar 2015

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Exceptional paintings by El Greco & Largillière on loan

Two exceptional paintings have gone on display in the Museum’s permanent collection, generously placed on long-term loan by their owners.

Published: Thu 26 Feb 2015

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