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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 31/08/2020

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 10/01/2021



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 03/01/2021

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