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January 2012

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A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman 'The Music Lesson' c.1662-1665. 

The Royal Collection © 2012, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


To allow extended viewing of Vermeer's Women the Museum's Courtyard entrance will be staying open an extra two hours to 7pm on Tuesday to Fridays and an extra hour to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays to January 15.

Visitors will also be able to see the popular Splendour and Power exhibition during the extended opening.

Click here for more information about Vermeer's Women.



Lace-making demonstration

Sat 14 January | 13.30 – 16.30

Watch lace-making in the Glaisher Gallery inspired by Vermeer’s Women.


For full details of all shows and displays please visit the exhibitions page on our website.


Grey Matters: Graphite

To 11 March 2012

Discover the incredible creative power of the pencil and its raw material graphite, including works by William Blake, Degas, George Romney and Burne-Jones.


Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna

EXTENDED to 15 January 2012

Spectacular Renaissance and Baroque treasures fashioned from precious metals, rare stones and exotic materials.


Triumph, protection and dreams: The African headrest in context

EXTENDED to 05 February 2012

Used as pillows, hair protectors and status symbols, discover the history of headrests in Africa.


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

To 4 March 2012

Look at the printmakers who interpreted Chardin's popular canvases into graphic art.



Lunchtime talks take place at 13.15, for more information and locations visit our website.

How to examine a Leonardo: The Madonna of the Yarnwinder as a Case Study

Wed 18 January

Impressionist Watercolours, Drawings and Prints

Thu 19 January

Booking required: 01223 764363,

Three New Acquisitions on Religious Themes

Wed 25 January

Art Speak

Tue 17 January

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Meet at Courtyard Entrance.




To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:


A Breath of Fresh Air

Sat 28 January | 14.00 – 15.30

Shake off those winter blues with an informal gallery tour looking at ways in which artists have engaged with nature. Includes a viewing of the newly refurbished Impressionist gallery.

£5 per person, booking essential


To book an event tel: 01223 332904 or email:

Family First Saturday

Sat 7 January | 14.00 – 16.00
All Ages

Free drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s Magic!

Tue 10 January | 10.00 – 11.30
Ages 2 – 5 | £3 per child, booking essential

Looking at art and making art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own to take home.


Sat 28 January | 13.00 – 14.30
Ages 5+ | £5 per child, booking essential

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year with this dragon themed Chinese painting workshop.




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

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

Bach, Bartok

22 January

Alda Dizdari violin

Image of a Nation: Magdalene College

29 January

Bridge, Martinu, Brahms

Emily Riddle cello and John Dilworth piano


To book an event:

Tel: 01223 332904, Email:

General admission to the Museum is FREE

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Image credits

Banner:  Pieter de Hooch, The Courtyard of a House in Delft c.1658 © National Gallery, London

1. Johannes Vermeer, A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman ‘'The Music Lesson' c.1662-1665.  The Royal Collection © 2011, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

2. Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Mr and Mrs Joseph Woodhead and Mr Henry Comber in Rome (detail), © The Fitzwilliam Museum

3. Cup Cover with Venus and Cupid Sleeping on a Shell being observed by Jupiter in the form of a Swan (detail). Attributed to Giovanni Ambrogio Miseroni (1551-1616), Milan, late 16th century, Private Collection

4. Wooden headrest (detail), Zimbabwe, Shona, First half of the twentieth century or later  © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

5. Charles-Nicolas Cochin I, after Jean-Siméon Chardin, l’Ecureuse, 1740 (detail) © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  

6. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919),La Place Clichy (detail) © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

7. Claude Monet , Les Peupliers (Poplars) (detail) © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge