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February 2015



Bronze display

3 February to 9 August 2015

The Italian Gallery (7) plays host to a pair of magnificent Renaissance bronzes. These remarkable objects have been known to scholars since the early twentieth century, but their authorship has always remained a puzzle. However, thanks to recent research the identity of the Italian Renaissance master who created them can be revealed.  

Please check our website for the latest news when the secret goes public on 2 February.


Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte

3 February to 28 June

An exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon spread liberal reform across Europe and to his supporters his legacy was that of a modern hero. Highlights include prints by Charlet and Raffet, who contributed to Napoleon’s heroic legacy through glorifying war and military personnel; works by Delacroix and Gericault that respond to the drama and tragedy of the period; and satirical prints by Daumier.





MOONSTRIPS: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72

17 February to 7 June

Eduardo Paolozzi’s use of found images and words cut from popular magazines and scientific journals played a formative role in the development of British art in the 1950s and 60s. He adapted the technique of collage to printed media in spectacular sets - often seen as highlights of Pop Art.  With the writer J. G. Ballard, his collaborator on the innovative Ambit magazine, Paolozzi formulated a dazzling visual and verbal accompaniment to the space-age.


Fatal Consequences: The Chapman Brothers and Goya’s Disasters of War

Until 8 February

The Chapman Brothers’ Disasters of War takes Goya’s print series of the same title and reinvents and extends the imagery and horrors with a cornucopia of ideas from later wars and modern culture. This exhibition shows different versions of the Chapman Brothers’ set, together with a selection from Goya’s original series.

Fatal Consequences poster



To book contact: 01223 332904 | Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


Kings College Chapel - England's Oldest Art Gallery

Tuesday 3 February: 18.30

Join Nicholas Chrimes, author of Treasure Island in the Fens, for an illustrated talk on the social, political and artistic messages within the stained glass of Kings College Chapel - our country’s first art gallery.

Lecture sponsored by Light Blue Travel. Event takes place at The McCrum Theatre, Corpus Christi College (entrance in Bene't Street).  £6.00, including a glass of wine after the lecture, from City Centre Box Office, Tel: 01223 357851.

An introduction to the Fitzwilliam and its collections - for blind and partially sighted visitors

Touch tour - Tuesday 10 February: 14.30 to 15.30

Descriptive tour - Wednesday 25 February: 14.30 to 15.30 

Visitors will be introduced to a range of objects from the collection and explore ideas, techniques and art-historical context.
Booking essential.




Twilight at the Museums

Wednesday 18 February: 16.30 to 20.30

See the Museum’s portico bathed in a variety of colours. The spectacular light display will illuminate the portico using low energy technology and is a continuation of this year’s e-Luminate festival. Then come inside and join us for a late opening of the Museum and explore the galleries at your leisure.

Visit the University of Cambridge Museums website for information about Twilight events across the other museums.





Unless otherwise stated, talks are free and admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day. For more information and locations visit our website.

A Renaissance discovery

Wednesday 4 February: 13.15 - 14.00

Dr Victoria Avery, Keeper, Applied Arts.

e-Luminate 2015

Wednesday 11 February: 15.30 - 16.30

With Susie Olczak, Artist. Followed by a walk looking at the projections from the Fitzwilliam to King’s Parade.

Art Speak

Tuesday 24 February: 13.15 – 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.

Fortuny Interiors - talk and book signing

Wednesday 25 February: 13.15 - 14.00

Brian Coleman, author of 16 books on the decorative arts, talks on the spectacular and luxurious textiles made by Fortuny, Venice.







To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.


Renaissance bronzes: Wax modelling

Friday 13 February: 10.15 – 12.00

Discover new ways of working at this artist led workshop inspired by Museum collections. Please note: places are limited to 15 and booking for each session opens on the first day of that month.



To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.

Source in the University of Cambridge Museums

Saturdays 7, 14 & 21 plus 17 - 20 February

One-to-one advice for GCSE, AS/A Level and BTEC Art and Design students. Research your exam theme with inspiration from other artists and the Museum galleries. Use art materials in the studio, and find the mental and physical space to work.

SOURCE has been shown to help students improve their grade. Why not try it?

Free, drop-in. For further information,
click here or contact Sarah Blake on 01223 761678 or

Work experience taster day

Friday 20 February: 10.00 - 16.30

Are you in secondary education and interested in a career in museums? Find out the variety of jobs available through Museums at this free one day event.

Free. Booking essential, email:





To book contact: 01223 332904 | . Places confirmed on receipt of payment.  Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the whole duration of any workshop.


Family First Saturday: Patterns and symmetry

Saturday 7 February: 14.00 - 16.00

Drop-in to our Fitz Family Welcome Point in Gallery 33 and collect drawing materials, activities and trails to use throughout the Museum, this month exploring artificial people.

Drawing together

Wednesday 18 February: 12.00 - 16.00

All Ages
Drop-in and draw at the Museum with activities available from the Fitz Family Welcome Point.



Enjoy a free Sunday classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 from 13.15 – 14.00. Admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Founder’s Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis from 12.00 on the day of the concert. Space is limited – no standing room available. Voluntary collection after each concert. Programmes may be subject to change.

Britten Sinfonia Academy

1 February

Chamber music performed by some of the most talented young musicians from the East of England playing with members of the renowned international orchestra, Britten Sinfonia. Works range from the Baroque to the 20th century. The audience will listen to music in different galleries, specially selected for the period and artistic context they offer.
Repeat performance at 15.00 with tokens available from 13.15.

Music for violin and piano

8 February

Graeme Michison (piano) and Konrad Wagstyl (violin) perform pieces including Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and Balcom’s Second Sonata.

Music for classical guitar

15 February

Marta Dolzadelli (guitar) performs pieces inspired by famous paintings. The first half is dedicated to modern and contemporary music by Castelnuovo Tedesco, Takemitsu, Ramelli and de Biasi, inspired by the paintings of Goya and Klee, and carvings by Kengiro Azuma. Whilst the second half includes pieces by Spanish composers, Llobet and Rodrigo.

Music for viola and piano

22 February

Omri Epstein (piano) and Daniel Palmizio (viola) perform pieces by Vieuxtemps, Takemitsu and Brahms.



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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated
3. Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), The Silken world of Michelangelo from Moonstrips Empire News Volume 1, 1967, screenprint © The Trustees of The Paolozzi Foundation

8. Fortuny Interiors cover, published by Gibbs Smith