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December 2012



Rolling a Snowball by Utagawa Kuniteru

Treat yourself to some culture at the Fitzwilliam Museum this December. With five free exhibitions on show and permanent displays including illuminated manuscripts and Renaissance art there is always something that will appeal this Christmas.

Our shop also has an exclusive range of beautiful heritage and art inspired gifts, stunning Christmas cards - including the lovely image above - jewellery and books for shopping away from the crowds. And from 5 December enjoy seasonal treats in the café including stollen, mince pies, Christmas pudding and mulled wine.

Christmas opening times 2012

24, 25 & 26 Dec: Museum CLOSED

27, 28 & 29 Dec: Open 10.00-17.00

30 Dec: Open 12.00-17.00

31 Dec & 1 Jan: Museum CLOSED



7 December 2012 - 5 May 2013

We are thrilled to welcome this masterpiece into our collection, which can be seen on special display in the Octagon Gallery until 5 May 2013. Our special thanks go to the many charitable trusts and individual donors who made this acquisition possible.



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



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

 Calligraphy in four languages by Hermann Zapf

Japanese Woodcut print by Utagawa Kunisada

Calligraphy Today

To 13 January 2013

Enjoy the first ever exhibition of the Museum's remarkable collection of contemporary calligraphy acquired in 2008.

Snow Country:
Woodcuts of the Japanese Winter

To 13 January 2013

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

Marmolata by Gerhart Frankl

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

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

To 3 February 2013

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.

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.



China’s White Gold
Contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen

18 December 2012 - 1 April 2013

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Fitzwilliam Museum is showcasing the first major exhibition in this country of more than 80 works created in Jingdezhen by over 50 contemporary ceramicists. Comprising technically brilliant works ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde, the exhibition explores Jingdezhen’s legacy, and looks at what it means for artists working there today.

Untitled by Caroline Cheng


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

The girl with a tattered glove by William Nicholson


The making of the Metz Pontifical

Wed 5 Dec

Join Penny Price to unlock the secrets of medieval manuscript production.

William Nicholson's The girl with a tattered glove

Wed 12 Dec

Julia Tozer, former Head of Education


Decorated letters with Jan Pickett

Tue 11 December: 10.00 – 16.00

Using watercolour and coloured pencils, have fun drawing and decorating letters that could be used to make cards and gift labels for Christmas.

£40 (£35 concessions). Booking essential, tel. 01223 332904 or email

Alpha and Omega by Gemma Black


Donato Acciaiuoli's Life of Charlemagne

Never tried Calligraphy?

Sat 8 December: 10.00 – 16.00

Drop in and try your hand at calligraphy with the help of our team of calligraphers in the Museum Courtyard. All materials provided.


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Image credits

Banner: Pieter Bruegel the elder, The Bird-Trap (detail), © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

1. Utagawa Kuniteru, Rolling a snowball, c.1840, colour print from woodblocks © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

2. Nicolas Poussin, Extreme Unction, 1638 - 1640.

3. Hermann Zapf, Calligraphy in four languages (detail), 1970. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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

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

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

7. Caroline Cheng, Prosperity (White) © Caroline Cheng

8. William Nicholson, The girl with a tattered glove, 1909 © The Artist’s Estate/The Bridgeman Art Library.

9. Gemma Black, Alpha and Omega (detail), 2007. Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

10. Donato Acciaiuoli, Life of Charlemagne (detail), 1461 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.