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 Drypoint of the Alps by Gerhart Frankl 

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October 2012



The next phase of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s campaign to save Nicolas Poussin’s Extreme Unction (c. 1638-40), has seen the painting travel to the National Gallery, London, where more support will be sought to save the masterpiece for the nation. The picture is valued at £14 million, but the museum has a unique opportunity to acquire it for £3.9 million. However, we only have until early November to raise the money so we must act now. Listen to curator, Jane Munro, explain why this masterpiece is worth fighting for and please donate what you can.

 Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Extreme Unction, 1638 - 1640


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

 Nemesis by Albrecht Dürer

Designed to Impress:
Highlights from the print collection

To 7 October 2012

Enjoy masterpieces by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, alongside prints by later artists such as Degas and Picasso.

 Gold belt plaque

The Search for Immortality:
Tomb Treasures of Han China

To 11 November

Featuring over 350 treasures The Search for Immortality is the largest and most important exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China.

 Theme and Variation I, II, III by Peter Randall-Page

2012 Sculpture Promenade

To March 2013

See incredible monumental and intricate sculptures by three internationally renowned contemporary sculptors; Helaine Blumenfeld, Peter Randall-Page and Kan Yasuda.

Tweet us pictures of your favourite sculpture to take part in our Twitter photo vote > How to take part.


 Japanese Woodcut print by Utagawa Kunisada

 Self portrait by Gerhart Frankl

Snow Country:
Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter

2 October 2012 – 13 January 2013

Stunning woodblock prints by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige, exploring the snow-bound landscapes and winter pastimes of Japan.

Higher Ground:
Prints by Gerhart Frankl (1901-65)

16 October – 30 December 2012

A selection of technically inventive prints by Frankl that grew out of sketches made while touring the Alps on his BMW motorbike in 1928. Complemented by works of his contemporaries.


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

Art Speak

Tue 9 October

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art

White and whiter
Exploring themes of the Japanese Snow Country exhibition

Wed 10 October

Sculpture: an illustrated talk

Wed 26 September

With Helaine Blumenfeld

Vision and dreams in painting

Sat 27 October (13.15 & 15.15)

 Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige


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Jamaican music and dance

Sat 6 October: 11:00 - 13:00

Join us for the launch of two short documentary films on 'Jonkonnu' (the traditional Jamaican masquerade celebration) and 'Sound Systems', with a chance to talk to the film-maker Andrew.C. Ife-Oni. FREE but booking essential

Life in Ramesside Nubia:
the view from Amara West
The Stephen Glanville Memorial Lecture 2012

Mill Lane Lecture Room 1

Sat 10 November: 14:00

With Neal Spencer, Keeper of the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum. Followed by a reception at the Fitzwilliam Museum. FREE but booking essential, email Anna Lloyd-Griffiths:

 Archaeological excavation


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The Big Draw on Tour

Enjoy artist led sessions from 20 October - 2 November in 12 venues across Cambridge exploring the theme of dreams and nightmares through the diverse collections of the University College Museums (UCM). Under 5s can learn to experiment with light and colour at the Fitzwilliam Museum on Wed 31 October (14:00 - 16:00). Full event listings

The Search for Immortality:
ancient and modern

Sat 13 October: 14:00 - 16:00

Ages 11+

Join us for a session which looks at how we think about life after death.
FREE but booking essential

The tomb of spirits...a ghostly tale of ancient China

Thu 1 & Fri 2 November: 11.00 & 14.00
Discover the secret afterlife of the Han Dynasty and the Emperor’s Ancient Treasure in a magical performance using puppets, silk and shadows. Created and performed by Indefinite Articles.
FREE but booking essential


 Indefinite Articles performance


Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3

 Promenade concert

Sundays | 13.15 - 14.00

FREE space may be limited

Debussy, Cage, Dhomi, Liszt

7 October

Yllka Istrefi (piano)

Delius - Conversations in the Artistic Circle

14 October

Midori Komachi (violin) and Simon Callaghan (piano) perform pieces by Delius and Debussy.

The Mulberry Piano Trio

21 October

Paul Seddon (violin), Vivian Williams (cello) and John Richens (piano) perform pieces by Beethoven and Arnold.

Chopin, Liszt, Mayerl

28 October

Matthew McCombie (Piano)


The armoury will be partially closed to facilitate the installation of our forthcoming exhibition Calligraphy Today (10 November – 13 January 2013), which will occupy this space.


Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision

The Courtauld Gallery

11 October 2012 – 13 January 2013

Sir Peter Lely was England’s leading painter from the period of the Civil War to the reign of Charles II. This exhibition examines a remarkable but forgotten group of his early paintings. Depicting a sensuous pastoral world of shepherds, nymphs and musicians.
More details

 Painting by Peter Lely

 Jade dragon pendant

Asian Art in London

From 1 - 10 November Asian Art in London celebrates the arts of Asia in the form of specialist selling exhibitions and auctions. Running in parallel, there is an extensive programme of cultural, academic and social events, including a champagne reception and private view of The Search for Immortality exhibition on 8 November (tickets £50). More details


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Image credits

Banner: Gerhart Frankl, Marmolata (detail), 1928
Courtesy of Gerhart Frankl Memorial Trust
. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

1. Nicolas Poussin, Extreme Unction, 1638 - 1640

2. Albrecht Dürer, Nemesis (detail), engraving, c.1501-2, given by Arthur W. Young 1934.
Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge  

3. Gold belt plaque (detail). Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province.

4. Peter Randall-Page, Theme and Variation I, II, III, 2008. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

5. Utagawa Kunisada, Winter - Shinobazu Pond (detail), 1858. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

6. Gerhart Frankl, Self portrait III (detail), 1928
Courtesy of Gerhart Frankl Memorial Trust. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

7. Utagawa Hiroshige, Fukugawa Susaki and Jûmantsubo (Fukagawa Susaki Jûmantsubo), 1857.
Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

8. Black History Matters logo

9. Archaeological Excavation

10. The Big Draw on Tour logo

11. Indefinite Articles performance

12. Promenade concert 

13. Peter Lely, The Concert (detail), Late 1640's © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.

14. Jade dragon pendant. Xuzhou Museum, Jiangsu Province.