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Fans Unfolded: Conserving the Lennox-Boyd collection

Showcasing rare and exquisitely decorated fans from the collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox Boyd, allocated to the Museum by H.M. Government in lieu of inheritance tax in 2015, this display reveals the techniques behind the making, investigation and conservation of fans.

05/03/2019 to 12/07/2020


FEAST & FAST: The art of food in Europe, 1500 –1800

Food defines us as individuals, communities, and nations: we are what we eat and, equally, what we don’t eat. When, where, why, how and with whom we eat are crucial to our identity. Feast & Fast presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating.

26/11/2019 to 26/04/2020

Still life painting in progress

Sharpening Perceptions: How to copy a masterpiece

An exhibition of copies of paintings in The Fitzwilliam Museum made by students at the Hamilton Kerr Institute as part of their training to become painting conservators. The copies will be displayed alongside the original paintings. They are not intended to look the same as the original but to show how it was made, with areas of bare canvas or panel, priming layers and drawing.

04/02/2020 to 17/05/2020

Print of couple

Virtue, Vice & the Senses: Prints 1540 – 1660

A look at the spread and development of prints representing abstract qualities such as the Five Senses, Seven Virtues and Deadly Sins. German and Netherlandish 16th century examples feature female figures accompanied by animals associated with the concept in question. At the turn of the 17th century printmakers in Holland, France and England became more inventive, moving away from traditional allegorical depictions to pairs of amorous couples, women in fashionable dress and elaborate domestic scenes.

17/03/2020 to 14/06/2020


The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics, a number of which can be seen on loan to us throughout the galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum.

01/08/2016 to 17/05/2020


Design Evolution: Highlights from the Keatley Trust Collection

This display highlights some of the outstanding pieces of decorative art on loan to the Museum from the Keatley Trust.

02/01/2019 to 31/07/2020

Extreme Unction

Poussin’s virtual reality

See a carefully recreated replica of Poussin’s ‘great machine’ (a miniature stage set used to 'rehearse' paintings) based on the composition of the artist's masterpiece, Extreme Unction (1638-40), acquired by the Museum in 2012.

08/10/2019 to 07/06/2020

Manuscript cutting

Cuttings: Manuscript fragments on the loose!

A display of five cuttings from dismembered manuscripts. After the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, religious houses across Europe sold off their treasures, including illuminated books. As it was often easier to sell individual pages or details than entire books, these manuscripts were frequently disassembled and pages sold separately.

28/02/2020 to 30/09/2020