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Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

Salomon Gessner (1730–88) was a Swiss artist and writer whose idyllic poetry and prose made him a household name in his lifetime. After his death his family invited a German printmaker, Carl Wilhelm Kolbe (1759–1835), to produce prints after a set of Gessner’s landscape drawings, which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll and delight in the natural world. 

14/03/2017 to 10/09/2017

Indian miniature painting

From Kabul to Kolkata: highlights of Indian painting in the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam’s second exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, showcases a selection of Indian miniature paintings and drawings, ranging in date from the 16th to 19th century. The exhibition will include works produced under the patronage of the Mughal dynasty and other princely rulers, as well as several acquired by early British patrons and collectors in India.

29/05/2017 to 03/09/2017

Sea to Shore: paintings by Alfred Wallis & Christopher Wood Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

This third display from the Kettle’s Yard collection brings together paintings by Alfred Wallis and Christopher Wood that are inspired by the sea and shore. Following the artists’ first meeting in St Ives in 1928, Wallis and Wood continued to innovatively capture their experiences of the sea and life in port towns in their paintings.

01/04/2017 to 27/08/2017

Lesbos and Syria

Issam Kourbaj's Dark Water, Burning World by is a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21, and forms part of which explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece.

15/03/2017 to 31/07/2017

Victorian Life and Leisure

Coins, medals and tokens show how everyday life was transformed by the coming of the railways and a consumer revolution in Victorian Britain. Shops had a wider range of goods than ever before, and there were many new entertainments and sports for working peoples’ limited leisure time. Music, art and culture thrived with the support of the Victorian middle classes.

28/02/2017 to 02/07/2017

Madonnas and Miracles

Peer through the keyhole of the Italian Renaissance home and discover a hidden world of religious devotion. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance.

07/03/2017 to 04/06/2017

Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

The sea has been a source of inspiration for artists since the 16th century when it was conceived and popularised by Dutch and Flemish painters such as Hendrick Vroom, Jan Porcellis, the Willem van de Veldes and Ludolf Backhuysen. This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.

14/02/2017 to 21/05/2017

Houghton’s Emperors: Portraits and power

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.

02/02/2017 to 23/04/2017

Being Modern: Kettle's Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Works by artists who sought to make a new art responding to the modern world are brought together in this second display from Kettle’s Yard. The display re-unites for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard’s plans and their collection on their website.

08/04/2016 to 26/03/2017

The Dollar: Rise of a global currency

The dollar is found the world over. It is familiar to us as the money of the United States, but dollars are also the currency of many other nations around the globe. The objects in this display explore the history of one of the world’s most iconic currencies. It traces the story from its origins in 16th century Bohemia and Germany, to its position as the dominant currency in world markets in the 21st century.

11/10/2016 to 26/02/2017