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Image["Cover artwork from 'Rosie's Magic Horse' by Russell Hoban "]

Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand

12 Feb – 12 May 2013

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Enjoy a selection of individual works produced in the past decade: book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. Plus, a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio.


Calligraphy Today

Extended to 17 February 2013

Enjoy the first ever exhibition of the Museum's remarkable collection of contemporary calligraphy acquired in 2008.

Image["'Calligraphy is alive and well' by Jean Larcher"]

Sculpture Promenade

To March 2013

See incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.

Image["Tensei Temoku by Kan Yasuda."]

China’s White Gold
Contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen

To 1 April 2013

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Fitzwilliam Museum is showcasing the first major exhibition in this country of more than 80 works created in Jingdezhen by over 50 contemporary ceramicists.

Image["Porcelain Arcs by Zhang Jingjing"]



Talks take place at 13.15, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website

  Image["The Lansdowne Relief, AD 100 –150"]

The Lansdowne Relief: a new member of the Antiquities family

Tue 12 February: 14:00 - 16:00

Meet in the Greece and Rome Galleries.

Making and remaking: the technology and restoration of the Lansdowne Relief

Wed 27 February

Julie Dawson, Senior Assistant Keeper (Conservation) and Margreta Sonnenwald, Conservation Intern.

The Triumph of Venus by Rubens

Wed 13 February

David Scrase, Assistant Director of Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

Art Speak

Tue 19 February

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

Image["The Triumph of Venus by Sir Peter Paul Rubens"]


  Image["Twillight at the museums"]

Twilight at the Museums

Evening of Wednesday 13 February

A mixture of free, drop in and bookable events are taking place at museums and collections across Cambridge. Explore the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections inside and out; dip into the shadows and bathe in the light and be amazed by a fantastic light-show projected onto the building. More:


For all ages (under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult). FREE.

Family First Saturday

Sat 2 February: 14.00-16.00
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point in the Courtyard and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, exploring landscapes.

Drawing Together

Wed 13 February: 12:00 - 16:00
Drop in and draw at the Museum with activities and inspiration, celebrating Chinese New Year, available from the Fitz family Welcome Point.

Image["Child drawing"]


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3
Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00
unless otherwise stated
FREE space may be limited. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.


Image["Promenade Concert"]

The Galliard Trio

3 February

Andrew Morris (flute), Martin White (oboe and cor anglais) and Alec Forshaw (piano and bassoon) perform pieces by Grieg, Strauss, Britten and Weber.

The Arbury Trio

10 February

University of Cambridge Instrumental Award Holders for Chamber Music Katherine Lee (violin), Ghislaine McMullin (cello) and Johnson Leung (piano) perform pieces by Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov.

Promenade Concert

17 February

Rosalind Ventris (viola) and Tom Blach (piano) perform pieces by Bach, York Bowen and Paganini.

Promenade Concert

24 February

Gwen Owen Richer (violin), Isaac Nakhimovsky (viola), Jon Fistein (cello) and Adella Coren Boksenberg (piano) perform pieces by Mozart and Dvorak.

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book revisited: some practical outcomes of recent research

Fri 22 February

Join Dr Gifford (Honorary Keeper of Music) for a special recital, which draws upon recent scholarly studies into the practical performance of the Museum’s world famous manuscript of early keyboard music.

Image["Gerald Gifford"]


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Image credits

Banner: Quentin Blake, Guided Tour from 'The Life of Birds' series (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

1. Quentin Blake, Cover artwork from 'Rosie's Magic Horse' (detail) by Russell Hoban (Walker Books, 2012). © Quentin Blake.

2. Jean Larcher, Calligraphy is alive and well (detail), 2001. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

3. Kan Yasuda, ‘Tensei Temoku’ outside the Fitzwilliam Museum. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. Zhang Jingjing, Arcs (detail), 2011. © Zhang Jingjing.

5. The Lansdowne Relief (detail), AD 100 –150. Once belonged to Emperor Hadrian. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

6. Sir Peter Paul Rubens, The Triumph of Venus (detail), 1628. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Twilight at the museums (detail)

8. Boy in gallery. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

9 & 10. Promenade concerts. Images © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.



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