eNews: May 2011

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Shadows and Lights

Friday 13 May | 18.00 – 21.00
Free admission

As part of national Museums at Night enjoy a very special evening opening with with something for everyone.

  • View a special exhibition of Italian Drawings
  • Experience a live digital spectacle with light, sound and images
  • Enjoy cocktails in the Courtyard and music from samba to swing
  • See works of art in a different light and ancient lamps illuminated
  • Take part in twilight trails and workshops
  • Listen to ‘Songs of Starlight and Shadow’ from Rachel Godsill soprano and Marie-Noelle Kendall piano
  • Café and shop open






Italian Drawings: Highlights from the Collection

Until 10 July

Explore the work of Italian masters, from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with this exhibition celebrating the Fitzwilliam's outstanding collection of drawings. Artists featured include da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, the Carracci, Titian and more.

Italian Etchings: The Draughtsman's Print

Until 29 August

Complementing Italian Drawings, see etchings by 16th to 18th-century artists including Parmigianino, Guido Reni, Giambattista Tiepolo and Canaletto.

Treasure Under Your Feet

To 4 September

From a Bronze-Age torc and a Tudor jewel to Viking hack-silver and gold coins of the Civil War, discover the story of various finds from the East of England that have contributed to our understanding of the life and times of our predecessors.



All talks are FREE but space may be limited. Admission is by token, available from the Courtyard Entrance from 12.45 on the day of the talk. For information and locations of talks visit our website.


Glittering goblets: Looking at silver drinking vessels in the Fitz

Wed 4 May | 13.15 - 14.00

The great god Pan

Wed 11 May | 13.15 - 14.00

Ancient Egyptian hearts and minds (and other body parts)

Wed 18 May | 13.15 - 14.00

The Art of Sorrow

Wed 25 May | 13.15 - 14.00

(Gallery 6)

Art Speak

Tue 10 May | 13.15 - 14.00

Just turn up and enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art.
Meet at the Courtyard entrance.

Insights: Discussions

Thur 26 May | 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy an illustrative discussion about a drawing, watercolour or print from the collection not normally on public display.

Graham Robertson Study Room (9)

FREE but book



To book an event telephone 01223 332904 or email

Family First Saturdays

Sat 7 May | 14.00 - 16.00
Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.
Free, no booking required

It’s Magic!

Tue 10 May |10.00 – 11.30
Ages 2 - 5
Looking at art and making art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in our studio to take home.
£3 per child

Bugs in Art

Tue 31 May | 10.30 – 12.30
Ages 8+
Discover bugs in the Museum’s paintings and then, with our very own bug detective, take a closer look at the types of insects which find our art tasty to eat!
£5 per child





Maestri Italiani della Tastiera

Friday 20 May | 13.15

Gerald Gifford - Harspischord

16th & 17th century Italian and Italianate keyboard music in connection with the exhibition Italian Drawings.

Promenade Concerts

Enjoy free music recitals in the beautiful surroundings of the Museum's galleries.

Sundays | 13.15


1 May                  
Gwen Owen Richer Violin, Veronica Henderson Cello, Sarah Bowden Clarinet, Peter Britton Piano
Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Liszt and Art

8 May        
Part of the Cambridge Liszt Festival 2011
Introduction by Conor Farrington, Festival Director
Kausikan Rajeshkumar  Piano

Duo Figaro

15 May       
Lucia D’Avanzo  Violin, Peter Mallinson  Viola
Aviss, Pleyel, Jacob

Vaughan Williams, Spohr, Poulenc, Hugh-Jones

22 May        
Velma Guyer  Soprano, Susan Boddy  Clarinet,  Ian Ray  Piano

Lynn Carter Piano

29 May        



For full details of all events and workshops, visit our website at www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk   

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