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Gallery 7: Italian
                          Art 16th - 18th century

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T: 01223 332904

E: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

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June 2013



For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website

Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries

4 June – 15 September

An exhibition of Swiss watercolours and prints featuring a rare selection of finely drawn and coloured portraits of Swiss women in regional costume, by the Bernese artist Markus Dinkel (1762-1832). These are accompanied by other artists’ picturesque views of the Swiss landscape, largely etched and each one delicately hand finished in watercolours.

Vue de Lausanne by
                          Balthasar Anton Dunker

Man wearing afro



Origins of the Afro Comb: 6,000 years of culture, politics and identity

2 July – 3 November

Discover the extraordinary 6,000-year history of African hair combs in this joint exhibition between the Fitzwilliam Museum and Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge. In addition to an array of material culture from pre-dynastic Egypt to present day, there will be live demonstrations of contemporary styling practices and a special area for digital interaction.


Searching for Sikh Soldiers on British Medals

Sat 15 June: 14.00 - 15.00

Enjoy a short talk, viewing session and tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Images of Empire display. This special event provides an opportunity to take a closer look at a selection of rare silver medals and see beautiful artwork relating to Sikh soldiers who fought for and against the British during the nineteenth century. Open to all. Refreshments provided. Free, but advanced booking recommended. Please email aj431@cam.ac.uk to book a place.

Coin showing Sikh

Springtime by
                          Claude Monet


Impressions: exploring the relationship between Impressionist art and music with The Florentine Arts Ensemble

Fri 21 June: 18.30 - 20.10

Enjoy a summer evening concert with The Florentine Arts Ensemble amongst paintings by Monet, Renoir, Seurat and Cézanne in Gallery 5.

£15 (£12 concessions) including interval glass of wine. Tickets available from: 01223 332904 or email: education@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


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

Swiss depictions of regional costumes and landscapes: 1762-1840

Wed 5 June

Amy Marquis, Study Room Invigilator (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

'Composed of the same materials': dressing alike in Victorian art

Wed 12 June

Anna Marie Kirk, Research Assistant (Paintings, Drawings and Prints)

Art Speak

Tue 18 June

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

The genies on the stairs: a 3,000 year journey from Assyria to Cambridge

Wed 19 June

Eleanor Robson, University of Cambridge

A call to arms: re-displaying the Armoury

Wed 26 June

Victoria Avery, Keeper of Applied Arts


 Model of a knight on horseback



Booking is essential, unless otherwise stated. Tel: 01223 332904 or email: fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk

 Family First Saturday


Family First Saturday

Sat 1 June: 14.00 - 16.00

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point (Courtyard Entrance) and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.
FREE, no booking required.


Sat 15 June: 11.00 - 13.00

Ages 13 - 18

Join us in our art studio with a special guest artist teaching techniques such as: printing, painting, illustration and sculpture.
£4 per person.

2D to 3D

Sat 22 June: 10.30 - 12.30

Ages 8+

Take a tour of the Museum and use a variety of techniques to explore drawing through sculptors’ eyes. Then transform your drawings into three dimensional art works using a selection of materials.
£5 per child.



Fri 28 June: 10.15 - 12.00

Become more confident with your drawing skills and discover new ways of working at this adult art workshop.
£5 per workshop. Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk




Enjoy free classical concerts in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3.
Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. Voluntary collection after the concert. Programme subject to change.

Promenade concert


Let Beauty Awake

Sun 2 June: 13.15

Lucy Cavendish Singers Katharina Megli (director) and Simon Marlow (piano) perform pieces by Passereau, de Machaut, Schubert, Verdi, Vaughan Williams and Barber.

Ode to the Flower

Sun 9 June: 13.15

Moon-Sook Park (soprano), Wendy Hiscocks (piano) perform pieces by Schumann, Strauss, Fauré and Guastavino.


A Treasury of Organ Music from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Sun 9 June: 15.00

St. Michael’s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk

Introduced and played by GERALD GIFFORD on a magnificent late 17th-Century organ. Tickets £10 at the door. Sponsored by The East Anglian Academy of Organ & Early Keyboard Music

St. Michael’s Church, Framlingham,

Paris, the Pont
                          Neuf and the Ile de la Cité by J.M.W. Turner

The Discovery of Paris: Watercolours by Early Nineteenth-Century British Artists

20 June – 15 September

Wallace Collection, London

The Discovery of Paris charts the remarkable contribution of the British to the iconography of Paris. Works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington are among 60 rarely seen watercolours, preparatory prints and drawings lent by Tate, the V&A, the British Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, among others. Don’t miss this stunning summer exhibition. Find out more.


General admission to the Fitzwilliam Museum is FREE

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Image credits

Banner: Gallery 7, Italian Art 16th-18th century

1. Balthasar Anton Dunker after Johann Ludwig Aberli, Vue de Lausanne, 1773-4 (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

2. Claude Monet, Springtime, 1866 (detail). Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

3. E. Granger of Paris, Model of a knight on horseback wearing armour in the style of c. 1570. Made as a prize for jousting at the Eglinton Tournament of 1839. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

4. Family First Saturday. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Drawing © joyfulseeker (Flickr Creative Commons)

6. Promenade Concert. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. St. Michael’s Church, Framlingham © Brokentaco (Flickr Creative Commons) .

8. J.M.W. Turner, Paris, the Pont Neuf and the Ile de la Cité (detail) ©Tate, London, 2012



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