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March 2017



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

Virgin and child by the studio of Sandro Botticelli

Madonnas & Miracles: The holy home in Renaissance Italy

7 March - 4 June
Adeane (12) & Mellon (13) Galleries

Our first major exhibition of 2017 invites you to peer through the keyhole of the Italian Renaissance home and discover a hidden world of religious devotion. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance.
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This exciting exhibition puts Renaissance back in the homes of merchants and their families… It’s a trip to a time when you might have a Botticelli by your bed.
       The Guardian’s Great Exhibitions of 2017


pastoral landscape

Fishing boat off a jetty in a breeze

Honey from Many Flowers: Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Salomon Gessner’s Idylls

14 March - 10 September
Charrington Print Room (16)

This exhibition showcases a recently acquired complete set of Carl Wilhelm Kolbe’s etchings, after Salomon Gessner’s landscape drawings which capture the Romantic period’s preoccupation with the pastoral idyll. A selection of works by eminent masters from whom Gessner drew inspiration, including Anthonie Waterloo, Allart van Everdingen and Claude Lorrain can also be seen.
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Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours

Until 21 May
Shiba Gallery (14)

This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.
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 Houghton's Emperors

 Victorian ticket for the Lyceum Theatre, London

Houghton's Emperors: Portraits and power

Until 23 April
Octagon Gallery (10)

A Cambridge viewing for two impressive marble busts of Roman Emperors Commodus and Septimius Severus. For a short time enjoy them in the Museum, with an encircling display evoking both their ancient and their 18th century contexts, and the enduring power of portraits.
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Victorian Life and Leisure

Until 2 July
The Arts of the Near East (33)

Coins, medals and tokens show how everyday life was transformed by the coming of
the railways and a consumer revolution in Victorian Britain.
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 Being Modern installation

 burning boats

Being Modern: Kettle’s Yard at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until 26 March
European Pottery Gallery (27)

This second display from Kettle's Yard brings together for the first time, paintings and sculptures by pioneering modern artists who are represented in both collections. Find out more about Kettle’s Yard on their website.
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Lesbos and Syria

15 March - 31 July
Case 14 in Greece & Rome (21)

To mark the sixth anniversary of the uprising in Syria, poet, classicist and Hellenophile Ruth Padel, joins artist Issam Kourbaj, to present an intervention that explores the millennia-long relations between the Near East and ancient Greece.
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 Henry Moore sculpture

 Tiffany vase

Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

Until November 2017
Front lawn

With Hill Arches, Moore has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This sculpture from the Henry Moore Foundation, will be on the front lawn of the Museum until the end of next year.
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The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the next few months see over 130 pieces of works of art from Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi introduced to the galleries, on long term loan. Pieces on display include the nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer, William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet and Art Nouveau Tiffany glass. The pieces can be identified by their special labels.
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 Museum tour

Tour of the Museum

Saturdays: 14.30 - 15.30

A one-hour tour of the collections with a Cambridge Badge Guide. Tickets may be bought from the Guide or in advance through Cambridge Visitor Information Centre, tel. 01223 791501,
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Free, admission is by token, 1 per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk from 12.45 on the day, unless otherwise stated. For more information and locations visit our website.

Painting and narrative in France, from Poussin to Gauguin

Wed 8 March: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Nina Lübbren, Deputy Head of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University
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Introduction to Madonnas and Miracles

Wed 15 March: 13.15 – 14.00

With Dr Mary Laven and Dr Maya Corry, Co-Curators of the exhibition
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Art Speak

Tues 21 March: 13.15 - 13.45

Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. No token necessary.
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 Virgin and child with St John the Baptist



 stoneware vase

Marina Warner: The Flight of the Holy House: Nazareth – Loreto – Walsingham

Mon 13 March: 17.30 – 20.00

The annual lecture of the Cambridge Italian Research Network with British historian and novelist, Marina Warner.
£15 (£12 concessions/Friends)
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A celebration of contemporary British crafts and the Goodison gift study day

Mon 20 March: 11.00 – 16.30

Celebrate contemporary British crafts, and listen to talks by leading contemporary UK-based designers and makers.
£35 (20 concessions/Friends)
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Lesbos and Syria: A Collaboration between the poet Ruth Padel and Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj

Wed 15 March: 15.30 – 16.30

At this event, Kourbaj will launch Dark Water, Burning World - a new artwork inspired by 5th century BC Syrian vessels on display in Gallery 21; and Padel will read a new poem Lesbos 2015 - influenced by her meetings on the island of Lesbos, both with the inhabitants and with some of the thousands of Syrians who have fled there.
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 burning boats



Booking essential, unless otherwise stated. To register your interest please tel: 01223 332904 or email: Places will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

 Portrait sculpture

MAKE! Fantastic faces

Sat 11 March: 14.00 – 16.00
11 - 13 yrs

Enjoy drawing faces or want to find out how to? Learn from artist Lucy Mazur as we explore tiny faces on small coins to large marble portrait sculptures in the Houghton’s Emperors exhibition.
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ReSource: Powerful portraits

Sat 11 March: 11.00 – 13.00
13 - 18 yrs

Join us to explore identity and portraits with artist Lucy Mazur. Use exciting drawing techniques with pens, biros and graphite to make lines and textures in large energetic images, inspired by the display of sculpture in Houghton’s Emperors.
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Family First Saturday

Sat 4 March: 14.00 – 16.00

Drop-in on the first Saturday of the month and join us for activities and art-making on the theme of powerful figures.
Free, no booking required
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Prized prints

Sat 18 March: 10.30 – 12.30
8 - 12 yrs

Explore special objects in our Madonnas and Miracles exhibition and create prints of your own treasured possessions with artist Caroline Wendling. Part of Cambridge Science Festival.
£8 per child
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 Education studio





Fri 31 March: 10.15 – 12.00

Looking at portraits in Houghton’s Emperors and in the Museum’s 20th century gallery, we’ll explore the different role the portrait bust has played in politics and art. Followed by drawing and sculpting a portrait bust in our studio.
£10. Booking essential, tel: 01223 332904 or email:
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Enjoy a free classical concert in the beautiful surroundings of Gallery 3 at the weekend. 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.

Music for guitar and cello

Sun 5 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Ian Kelleher (guitar) and Charles Ellis (Guitar and cello) perform pieces by Piazzolla, Legnani, De Falla, Ravel, Burgmuller and Villa-Lobos.
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Symphonia Academica

Sun 12 March: 13.15 – 14.00

Listen to Brahms' powerful piano quartet in g minor performed by Symphonia Academica with Julian Trevelyan (piano), Peter Bussereau (violinist), Ania Ullman (viola) and Julia Graham (cello).
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 Music manuscript



 Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

16 March – 24 September 2017
Jewish Museum, London

Discover the woman behind the music and beyond the hype in this intimate and moving exhibition. Get to know the real Amy Winehouse through her personal belongings, from family photographs to fashion.
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Business Partners 2017

TTP Group plc, ACE Cultural Tours, Brewin Dolphin and Sotheby’s all lend their support to the Museum as 2017 Business Partners, enabling a dynamic calendar of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

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All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, unless otherwise stated

6. Photo courtesy of Paul Allitt
8. Hill Arches, 1973, bronze. The Henry Moore Foundation: gift of the artist 1977. Reproduced by permission of the Henry Moore Foundation.
10, 15 & 16.
© Martin Bond
18. Photograph by Mark Okoh, Camera Press London