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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 26/04/2020


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

Female nude

Rembrandt and the Nude

Rembrandt made etchings of female nudes during two distinct periods of his career: in the 1630s, and another two decades later. This exhibition draws attention to the beauty and power of Rembrandt’s treatment of the female form, despite attacks received from critics of the time.

24/09/2019 to 23/02/2020

Child's artwork

Inspire: A celebration of children's art in response to Jacopo del Sellaio's Cupid and Psyche

This exhibition of art made by primary school children celebrates the creativity of local schools and teachers and champions the on‐going importance of cultural learning for young people at a time when the arts in schools are increasingly under threat.

10/12/2019 to 22/03/2020

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


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 31/12/2020

Studio ceramics

Salisbury Family Collection of Studio Ceramics

The Salisbury family, based locally in Cambridge, have kindly lent part of their studio ceramics collection to the Museum. This collection, formed over many years, includes pieces by some of the finest artists to work in clay from the mid-20th century onwards. These include Austrian and German emigrés Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Ruth Duckworth, and contemporary artist Jennifer Lee, winner of the Loewe Craft Prize 2018.

25/09/2018 to 29/02/2020


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

Illuminated manuscript

Illuminating Winter Feasts

A new installation of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and cuttings from the Fitzwilliam collection in Galleries 6 and 32.

18/12/2019 to 31/03/2020