eNews: August 2011

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Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna

From 16 August 2011 to 8 January 2012

Come prepared to be dazzled by these spectacular Renaissance and Baroque treasures, on display together for the first time in the UK.

Fashioned from precious metals, rare stones and exotic materials, this glittering display of jewellery and small-scale masterpieces were designed to show the incredible, wealth, power and glory of the Hapsburg dynasty.

Don't miss this exceptional exhibition from the renowned Kunstkammer collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Related event:

Splendour & Power: An overview of the Viennese Kunstkammer exhibition

Thu 18 August | 13.15 - 14.00

A talk with Dr Victoria Avery, Department of Applied Arts &
Dr Helen Strudwick, Exhibitions Officer, Fitzwilliam Museum


Image credits

Banner (left to right): 1. Archer’s Ring (detail) made from nephrite, c. 1550 - 1600. 2. Heart-shaped pendant containing locks of hair of Empress Maria Theresa Vienna, late 18th century. 3. Horn Drinking Vessel, goblet: China, Ming dynasty, early 17th century, mount: Goa, 1650-1700. 4. Casket of gold filigree and diamonds (detail), Goa (India), middle of the 17th century (casket); late 17th or first third of the 18th century (diamond setting)

Image (right): Rock crystal cup

All images © Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna





Italian Etchings: The Draughtsman's Print

To 29 August

See etchings by 16th to 18th century artists including Parmigianino, Guido Reni, Giambattista Tiepolo and Canaletto.


Treasure Under Your Feet

To 4 September

A Bronze-Age torc, a Tudor jewel, Viking hack-silver and gold coins of the Civil War. Discover the story of East of England finds that have helped us understand the lives of our ancestors.



Flower Drawings: Redouté and his Pupils

To 30 October

A beautiful exhibition of flower drawings by Joseph-Pierre Redouté and his pupils.



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.

The tavern, the architect and the sewer: Coin hoards in Cambridge

Wed 10 August | 13.15 - 14.00

Martin Allen - Coins and Medals Department

Insights: Discussions

Thu 25 August | 13.15 - 13.45

Find out about a drawing, watercolour or print not normally on public display. Graham Robertson Study Room (9) 

Free but BOOK.

For further information and to book tel: 01223 332904 or email: fitzmuseum-education@lists.cam.ac.uk




To book an event telephone 01223 332904 or email


Drawing Together

Weds 3, 17 and 31 August | 12.00 - 16.00

Drop in and draw at the Museum over the summer holidays with activities and inspiration available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point.

Family First Saturday

Sat 6 August | 14.00 - 16.00

Enjoy activities and trails throughout the Museum available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point.


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

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