eNews: November 2010

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To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email



Epic of the Persian Kings: The Art of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh

Until 9 January 2011
"Persian miniatures at their finest" - The Economist

Gallery concert: Abbas Bakhtiari, Arash Moradi and Mohammad Merati

Thu 4 November 2010 | 18:30
A flamboyant performance of Iranian music.
£12 (£10 concessions), booking essential via Cambridge City Centre Box Office, Wheeler Street on 01223 357851

Free evening lectures

The face of war in the great Mongol Shahnameh
Wed 3 November 2010 | 17:00-18:00

The Shahnameh and modern Iran
Wed 10 November 2010 | 17:00-18:00

Persian art: Classical and modern
Wed 17 November 2010 | 17:00-18:00

These lectures take place at the Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

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Sculpture and Commerce: The Corruption of Value?

Tue 16 November 2010 | 12:45-14:15
Has the increasing commercialisation of 'celebrity artists' led to a corruption of value or a broadening of creative opportunities? Come to this Open Forum in Gallery 3, in association with the Fitzwilliam's 2010 Sculpture Promenade, and hear an expert panel debate issues facing contemporary sculpture today.

Free, no booking required



Galileo and his contemporaries: Portraits by Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630)

Opens 2 November 2010
A collection of closely-observed portrait prints by Rome-based artist Leoni, bringing to life the personalities of contemporary artists, poets, mathematicians and dignitaries with his naturalistic style.

Objects of Affection: Pre-Raphaelite Portraits by John Brett

Until 28 November
This month is your last chance to see this exhibition of paintings and drawings celebrating the meticulous and delicate portrait style of John Brett (1831-1902).


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All talks are FREE but space may be limited. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. For information and locations of talks visit our website.

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Art in Context talks

Camden's Britannia and Roman finds from Trumpington
Wed 3 November 2010 | 13:15-14:00

Work in Progress: Angela Conner
Wed 10 November 2010 | 13:15-13:45

Galileo's afflictions: a new clue from the Fitzwilliam
Wed 17 November 2010 | 13:15-13:45

Pots, archaeology and war: Dr Winifred Lamb, Honorary Keeper of Antiquities (1920-1958)
Wed 24 November 2010 | 13:15-13:45

Epic of the Persian Kings talks

Ferdowsi and Nezami in Persian art and poetry
Thu 11 November 2010 | 13:15-14:00

Painting with poetry: shape poems from Hafez of Shiraz
Thu 18 November 2010 | 13:15-14:00

Myths and legends in the Shahnameh
Thu 25 November 2010 | 13:15-14:00



To book an event, telephone 01223 332904 or email


Tue 2 November 2010 | 13:15-13:45

Just turn up and enjoy half an hour of looking at and talking about art.

Telling pictures

Sat 20 November 2010 | 14:00-16:00
Learn to retell some of the world’s best adventure stories, using the remarkable images from the Shahnameh exhibition.
£10 (£8 concessions), booking essential

Sailing The Wine-Dark Sea

Wed 24 November 2010 | 18:30-20:30
Readings in the original Greek, with projected translations, from Aeschylus to Sophocles. Includes a glass of wine and a viewing of the Greek & Roman and Cypriot galleries.
£8 (£6 concessions), booking essential

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Family First Saturdays

Sat 6 November 2010 | 14:00-16:00
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect activities and trails linked to Epic of the Persian Kings.
Free, no booking required

It's Magic!

Tue 9 November 2010 | 10:00-11:30
Ages 18 months-5 yrs: explore work in the collections and make art of your own in our studio to take home.
£3 per child, booking essential


Sat 13 November 2010 | 11:00-15:15
Ages 8+: inspired by our Shahnameh exhibition, this workshop with a morning session at the Museum of Classical Archaeology explores mythical heroes through art-making.
£12 (£10 concessions), booking essential

Dreams of Kings and Heroes

Sat 27 November 2010 | 11:30 & 14:30
Ages 5 +: Watch magical adventures from the Shahnameh unfold above your head, brought to you by award-winning Indefinite Articles Theatre Company.
Free but booking essential



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Sunday Promenade Concerts

Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Poetry reading: Melodies and Grace Notes
Sun 7 November 2010 | 13:15
Poetry by Hardy, Heaney, Larkin, Mole, Spender and others

Solati: Choral Music on the Themes of Love & War
Sun 14 November 2010 | 13:15
Music by Stanford, Whitacre & MacMillan

Cambridge Gamelan
Sun 21 November 2010 | 13:15
Traditional Javanese vocal and instrumental music

Elisabeth Fleming - Mezzo Soprano
Sun 28 November 2010 | 13:15
Music by Haydn & Brahms

For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk



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