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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 12/01/2020

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


Seeing Sound: Music, imagery and inspiration

This exhibition brings together a remarkable range of works from the Museum’s collections to explore the ways in which artists and composers have engaged in a dialogue between sight and sound, with works by Rossetti, Renoir and Picasso and music manuscripts by Handel and Brahms.

08/10/2019 to 12/01/2020


Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

See a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, titled Hill Arches, on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire.

04/05/2016 to 08/12/2019

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 30/12/2019

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

Keats manuscript

John Keats: Presence and absence

Exploring the life and afterlives of one of Britain’s bestloved poets, this tablecase display features the rarely seen autograph manuscript of Keats’s masterpiece, Ode to a Nightingale. Visitors can also view the miniature portrait of Keats that he gave to his ‘bright star’ Fanny Brawne when he left for Rome, never to return.

08/10/2019 to 05/01/2020

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