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July 2015


Conference: A Michelangelo Discovery

If you have been interested in the debate about the Michelangelo attribution of the Rothschild bronzes, join us for the international conference at Downing College, Cambridge, on Monday 6 July.

Academics have gathered compelling evidence that argues the Rothschild bronzes (currently on display in gallery 7, until 9 August) are early works by Michelangelo. If the attribution is correct, they are currently the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world by his hand.

Following the conference there will be a drinks reception at the Fitzwilliam. Tickets are £85, book online.

Rothschild bronze



Free admission. Open: Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 - 17.00. Closed: Mondays

Samuel Palmer's The Magic Apple Tree

WATERCOLOUR - Elements of nature

Until 27 September

"Ravishing & conceptually strong" Financial Times

Rarely exhibited, the collection of watercolours in the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the finest in the world. The superb works on show include miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver, flower drawings by Pierre-Joseph Redouté, as well as a series of superb landscape watercolours by John Constable, Peter de Wint, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, J. M. Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro and Paul Nash.
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Look out for our Facebook and Twitter competitions launching on 27 July with prizes of a Windsor & Newton watercolour set and print from our collection.


Ruskin’s Turners

Until 4 October

In 1861, John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner’s most fervent champion and critic, generously gifted 25 Turner watercolours to the Fitzwilliam. This showing includes works made for engraving, book illustration and vignettes, as well as landscapes.

The restrictions which Ruskin imposed on the terms of his gift mean that these drawings may not be lent outside the Museum. This exhibition offers a unique opportunity to view them.
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Frontispiece to The Book of Ahania by William Blake

Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection

7 July to 27 September

This exhibition features a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam's most spectacular prints from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries, giving visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection. See works by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, hanging alongside prints by later artists such as Canaletto, Blake and Munch.
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Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Until 6 September

A dazzling journey through the decorative arts: from the hand-crafted luxuries of the Renaissance to the first stirrings of mass commerce.

Each of the 300 beautiful and engaging objects on display was once a treasured possession, revealing the personal tastes and aspirations of its owner.
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Close-up and Personal:
Eighteenth-century gold boxes from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

Until 6 September

Fashionable among both men and women, these exquisite and elegant containers were one of the most popular accessories in eighteenth-century Europe. The most lavish and precious boxes were the choice present of royalty.
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A Young Man’s Progress

Until 6 September

These five modern photographic recreations - printed to large scale – are based upon images commissioned between 1520 and 1560 by Matthäus Schwarz, one of the most committed fashion innovators of his time.
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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. Induction loop available. For more information and locations visit our website.

Inside a Paris goldsmiths’ workshop: From design to gold box

Wed 1 July: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Heike Zech, Senior Curator of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, V&A

Ruskin’s Turners

Wed 8 July: 13.15 – 14.00,
repeated 14.30 – 15.15

With Ian Warrell, Independent curator specialising in British art of the nineteenth-century

Art Speak

Tue 14 July: 13.15 - 13.45

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

Objects of devotion

Wed 15 July: 13.15 - 14.00

With Dr Mary Laven, Reader in Early Modern History


Tours of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance via Cambridge Tourist Information Centre.
Tel: 01223 457574,




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

  Boy in education studio

ReSource: Painting and pattern

Sat 11 July: 11.00 – 13.00

13 - 18 yrs

Join us in our art studio to develop your own ideas and projects based on this month’s theme.



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. For all family events visit our website.

Family First Saturday

Sat 4 July: 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 Treasured Possessions: Personal tastes.

It’s Magic!

Tue 7 July: 10.00 – 11.30

2 – 5 yrs
Looking at art can be magical. Explore work in the collections and make art of your own in the studio to take home.
£3 per child

 Children in the museum

Baby Magic

Wed 8 July: 10.00 – 11.00

0 - 2 yrs
This gently structured session allows babies to discover aspects of our collection through sensory exploration of colour, shape, texture, sound and movement. Enjoy the galleries together and then get creative in the studio.
£3 per child

Connecting pieces

Sat 18 July: 10.30 - 12.30

8 - 12 yrs
Explore linked or linking objects with artist Jason Ions. Working as a team create interconnecting sculptural artworks based on objects in the Fitzwilliam collection.
£8 per child




Enjoy a free 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.

Jessica Zhu

Music Proms from the Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Sun 19 July

Jessica Zhu (piano) performs pieces including Haydn Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6; Maurice Ohana Sonatine monodique; Chopin 24 Preludes, Op. 28.
"Outstanding" the Independent
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Sun 26 July

Louise Kemény (soprano) & Peter Foggitt (pianist) perform pieces including opera arias by Handel, Mozart, Bellini, Meyerbeer and Verdi, and songs by Schubert, Debussy and Britten.
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Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit: A Judith Kerr Retrospective

Until 14 October 2015

Jewish Museum, London

Have tea with a life-size Tiger, curl up in Mog’s basket with one of Judith Kerr’s classic picture books, and discover the childhood drawings of a girl escaping Hitler’s Germany.
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Tiger, Mog and Pink Rabbit


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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

6. Chrysoprase snuffbox (detail), Berlin, Germany, c. 1765, associated with Frederick II of Prussia (1712–1786), The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

7. Maisie Broadhead, Bella Newell, The Morning After (detail) © Maisie Broadhead

8. Basket-shaped snuffbox, Russia, probably St Petersburg, c. 1775, enamels attributed to Charles-Jacques de Mailly, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

9, 11 & 12. © Martin Bond

13. © Cambridge Summer Music Festival

14. © Kerr Kneale Productions Ltd