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Fitzwilliam Museum eNews: September 2011

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Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna

To 8 January 2012

Come prepared to be dazzled by these spectacular Renaissance and Baroque treasures fashioned from precious metals, rare stones and exotic materials.


Flower Drawings: Redouté and his Pupils

Extended to 20 November

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


Work, rest and play: Women and children in prints after Chardin

6 September 2011 – 4 March 2012

In 1733 the Parisian artist Jean-Siméon Chardin, who had made his name as a painter of ‘animals, cookware and various vegetables’, began to paint domestic interiors. These were an immediate hit and engravings soon became available for purchase.

This exhibition looks at the printmakers who interpreted his canvases into graphic art.


Triumph, protection and dreams: The African headrest in context

20 September – 21 January 2012

African headrests are used as pillows, hair protectors and status symbols. The exhibition looks at the function, design and development of headrests across cultural and chronological boundaries.

Part of Black History Month.




Fri 23 September | 10.00 - 16.40

Find out about the principles and practicalities behind recent displays of Greek and Roman antiquities.  The day includes a lecture on the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, which now houses some of the best known antiquities in the world.

The New Acropolis Museum: Project and realization

Severis Lecture 2011 | 16.50

With Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, Director of the New Acropolis Museum, Athens.

Followed by a reception in the Museum.

For full details and to book click here.




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 Hapsburgs and their collections in context

Thur 8 September | 13.15 - 14.00

The art of cameos and intaglios from antiquity onwards

Thur 22 September | 13.15 - 14.00

False Gods? The curious history of two ‘Estruscan’ bronze statuettes

Wed 28 September| 13.15 - 14.00



In the footsteps of Redouté

Fri 23 September | 10.00 – 16.00

Examine the wonderful watercolour techniques of Redouté and create your own botanical artworks.

£40 (£35 concessions)

Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:




To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:


Family First Saturdays

Sat 3 September | 14.00 – 16.00

Visit our Fitz Family Welcome Point and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum.


It’s Magic!

Tue 20 September | 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


Promenade Concerts

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

Sundays | 13.15

Alumni Weekend Promenade Concert

25 September

Ashok Gupta (Clare College ’10) piano

Bach, Chopin, Barber





To The Lighthouse Festival

24 September - 8 October

Be inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf with readings from guest authors, workshops, tours, films, and a special display of the original To The Lighthouse manuscript at the Fitz.  For details of all events visit the festival website: www.tothelighthousecambridgeshire.co.uk


To book an event contact:

Tel: 01223 332904, Email:

General admission to the Museum is FREE

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

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