Searle and caricature - responses from caricaturists today
From 13 October 2015 to 31 January 2016, the Fitzwilliam Museum hosted two exhibitions on caricaturists and visual satire - Ronald Searle: ‘Obsessed with drawing’ and Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings.
In response to the exhibition and Searle’s place in the history of caricature, three celebrated illustrators and visual satirists today gave their responses to the exhibition and their memories of Searle.
An online exhibition about the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection of trade bills, sent to members of one family - the Blathwayts - living on Golden Square, London, from 1767-87.
Many stories in the Bible are very dramatic and exciting. They make good pictures and have inspired artists for hundreds of years in every possible medium: wood, stone, paint, glass, mosaic, weaving and embroidery.
La Grande Guerre
The first seven months of the First World War are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithographs and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre.
The Night of Longing
This exhibition of Japanese woodcuts and books of the Edo and Meiji periods (c.1600-1900) is based on the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection.
Stories behind the Stitches: Schoolgirl Samplers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
Discover information about the makers, the schools they attended and the function of needlework in these institutions.
Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter
Japanese artists have long responded to an altered world of frozen forms, stilled by a blanket of snow. In woodcuts they used blank paper to convey the purifying beauty of snow in a transformed landscape where even 'the depths of the night became white'.
Ceramic Art, Craft and Tales from Medieval Cyprus
This exhibition presents a number of Cypriot pots and other objects from the collection of the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, along with 8 from the Fitzwilliam Museum's own collection.
The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China
Featuring over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics, discover the secrets of ancient China’s 2000 year old royal tombs.
The Art of Victory
What did it take-and what did it mean-to win in the gymnasium, on the battlefield, or in the stadium?
Triumph, Protection and Dreams: East African Headrests in Context
focuses on a collection of Ancient Egyptian headrests in the Fitzwilliam Museum. We aim, in this exhibition, to offer visual evidence for the extraordinary diversity of the headrest in African cultures and to raise questions with regard to continuity, development and change, rather than to present a single social theory to explain the continued use of this iconic object over a period of almost 5000 years.
Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection
Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection brings together works by some of the world’s greatest artists. Because they are so sensitive to light, drawings are not kept on permanent display. This exhibition, therefore, gives us a rare chance to appreciate works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Titian.
Portraits by Ottavio Leoni (1578-1630)
The Fitzwilliam Museum's collection includes nearly all of Leoni's portrait prints, which came from the collections of Lord Fitzwilliam (1745-1816) and John Charrington (1856-1939). The exhibition also includes two drawings by Leoni from the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection and five drawings reproduced with the generous permission of the Master, Fellows, and Scholars of Downing College in the University of Cambridge
Nubia: Past and Present
This exhibition is the result of an anthropological research project led by Sally-Ann Ashton, Senior Assistant Keeper in the Department of Antiquities at the Fitzwilliam Museum . It aims to investigate the presentation and perception of Nubian identity, and includes photographic and film work of Andrew Crowe. The fieldwork took place in January and February 2010 in southern Egypt and northern Sudan and was funded by the British Academy.
Tokens of Revolution
The Propaganda Coins of Thomas Spence and his Contemporaries
The Shahnameh: a Persian Cultural Emblem and a Timeless Masterpiece
New Zealand Cross
21st Century Engraved Glass
An exhibition by the Guild of Glass Engravers
Maggi Hambling: The Wave
This online exhibition features a small selection of works by Maggi Hambling exhibited, with others, in the Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13) from 27 April to 8 August 2010.
Netsuke: Japanese Art in Miniature
This small exhibition brings together 250 superb examples of netsuke - a form of miniature sculpture originating in 17th-century Japan.
Clouds and Myths
Monotypes by Lino Mannocci
An online exploration of a selection of recent works by Lino Mannocci. Produced to accompany the exhibition 'Clouds and Myths: Monotypes by Lino Mannocci' (Tue 9 February 2010 to Sun 9 May 2010).
Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon
This online exhibition features The Fitzwilliam Museum's entire collection of prints by Odilon Redon. Produced to accompany the exhibition 'Lumière: Lithographs by Odilon Redon' (22 September 2009 - 10 January 2010).
An online exhibition exploring the history of the fan in its various forms and the range of fans in the Fitzwilliam Museum collection.
Recent Acquisitions of Drawings & Prints
This online exhibition was first produced to accompany the special display of a range of drawings and prints acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum over the ten years 1999-2009. Tue 20 October 2009 to Sun 24 January 2010
Black to Kemet
Placing Egypt in Africa
A photographic exhibition by Andrew Crowe
Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts
Fitzwilliam Sculpture Promenade 2009
The inaugural annual exhibition of sculpture on the Museum lawns, creating a dynamic new focus for contemporary art in Cambridge, featuring work by members of the Royal British Society of Sculptors: David Begbie, Wu Wei-shan, Johannes von Stumm, Richard Fenton, Charles Hadcock, Diane Maclean, Terry New and Andrew Stonyer.
A Century of Giving
This online exhibition marks the centenary of the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum and highlights the contribution they have made to the Museum's collections through their sustained generosity.
Anglo-Saxon Art in the Round
An Exhibition of Anglo-Saxon Coins and Artefacts to Celebrate the Acquisition by the Museum of the De Wit Collection of Early Anglo-Saxon Pennies
Utamaro Books Interactive
Here you can turn the pages of three books from the collection of The Fitzwilliam Museum - The Bird Book, The Insect Book, and The Shell Book - with illustrations designed by the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro to accompany poems on natural themes.
Opens in a new window, requires flash player and a broadband connection.
Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan. Naval Diplomat and Collector
Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, an American naval officer who famously opened up Japan to the West in 1854, and an outstanding example of an early American coin collector.
Anthony Van Dyck
This online exhibition concentrates on the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection of etchings by the Flemish artist Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641).
The Fitzwilliam Museum:
A Source of Inspiration
Contemporary artists and writers in dialogue with the Fitzwilliam Museum
'I turned it into a palace'
Sir Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum
This representative selection of exhibits introduces the main themes of the exhibition 'I Turned it into a Palace: Sir Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum' (The Fitzwilliam Museum, 4 November 2008 - 17 March 2009).
From the Land of the Golden Fleece: Tomb Treasures of Ancient Georgia
This online exhibition features a collection of recently excavated finds from Vani, a major Colchian city. This collection was put together by the Georgian National Museum with help from ISAW (The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World) in New York.
This online exhibition forms a survey of the Fitzwilliam Museum's collection of etchings, drypoints and lithographs by the American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903).
Christopher Le Brun - 50 Etchings 2005
This portfolio of fifty etchings was made between October 2004 and September 2005.
The conservation and restoration of the Chinese vases broken in 2006
Passport to the Egyptian Afterlife
The Book of the Dead of Ramose
These webpages provide in-depth information about the beautifully illustrated papyrus containing the Book of the Dead of Ramose, displayed at the Fitzwilliam Musem from 19 June to 16 September 2007.
Vive la différence!
The English and French stereotype in satirical prints, 1720-1815
etchings & drypoints 1954-2006
Egyptian Galleries on-line
Artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Egyptian collection are displayed in Gallery 19 and Gallery 20. These web pages allow you to view the objects displayed and find out more information (in English or in Arabic) about them.
Music from The Blue Bird
From this site, you can listen to, or download, the piano accompaniment for four dance sequences from The Blue Bird, performed by Fiona Cox
Imagery of War
An Exhibition of British and other Military Medals to celebrate the Donation to Cambridge in America of the Lester Watson Collection
The Cambridge Illuminations
This is a representative selection of images from some of the most sumptuous manuscripts displayed in the Cambridge Illuminations exhibition. It presents an opportunity to browse through the thematic sections of the exhibition, to view the work of outstanding medieval and Renaissance artists, and to admire the commissions of the most discriminating patrons of learning and art.
The Macclesfield Psalter
The Macclesfield Psalter is a work of art of exceptional beauty. Its 250 leaves are painted with exquisite finesse, page after page of precious pigments and gold. It is an outstanding example of medieval art from East Anglia, which boasted the most characteristically English school of painting and illumination during the fourteenth century.
Japanese woodcuts by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
Three Centuries of Achievement, 911-1204. The rise and fall of the Normans through their coinage.
40 highlights of French Impressionist painting and drawing in the Fitzwilliam Museum
Between East and West: Influence and Change in Coinage
The Conte Collection
Coins from the William Conte Collection
Imagery on Coins
The Eagle on Coins: Divine King of the Birds and Symbol of States
Illuminating the Law
Illuminating the Law: Medieval Manuscripts
John Linnell Archive
Archive of Correspondence
Kunisada and Kabuki
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Watercolours and Drawings
J.W. Clarke and The Care of Books
Photographs of medieval English and continental libraries by John Willis Clark for his 1901 publication "The Care of Books"
Please note: Some of these are online web exhibitions only, they are not necessarily on display in the museum