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  • J.W. Clarke and The Care of Books

    Photographs of medieval English and continental libraries by John Willis Clark for his 1901 publication "The Care of Books"

  • John Linnell Archive

    John Linnell was one of the most highly regarded and successful artists of his day and formed an impressive network of connections.The Fitzwilliam Museum was able to acquire his archive in 2000. Regarded as of national importance, the purchase was made possible with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with contributions from the Friends of National Libraries, the Pilgrim Trust and the Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust.

  • Illuminating the Law: Medieval Manuscripts

    Drawing on the treasures of Cambridge collections, supplemented by three manuscripts from a unique and very important set at Durham Cathedral Library, ILLUMINATING THE LAW includes superb examples of Italian, French, and English illumination spanning four centuries, from twelfth-century copies of Gratian’s Decretum to fifteenth-century guild statutes.

  • The Macclesfield Psalter

    The Macclesfield Psalter is a work of art of exceptional beauty. Its 250 leaves are painted with exquisite finesse, page after page of precious pigments and gold. It is an outstanding example of medieval art from East Anglia, which boasted the most characteristically English school of painting and illumination during the fourteenth century.

  • The Cambridge Illuminations: virtual exhibition

    This is a representative selection of images from some of the most sumptuous manuscripts displayed in the Cambridge Illuminations exhibition (Fitzwilliam Museum, 26 July - 30 December 2005). Offering a foretaste of the exhibits, it presents an opportunity to browse through the thematic sections of the exhibition, to view the work of outstanding medieval and Renaissance artists, and to admire the commissions of the most discriminating patrons of learning and art.

  • 'I turned it into a palace' Sir Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum

    This representative selection of exhibits introduces the main themes of the exhibition 'I Turned it into a Palace: Sir Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum' (The Fitzwilliam Museum, 4 November 2008 - 17 March 2009).

  • The Shahnameh: a Persian Cultural Emblem and a Timeless Masterpiece

    The Persian ‘Book of Kings’ — the Shahnameh — is the national epic of the Iranian people. It traces the history of the Iranian world from its creation to the fall of the Sasanian Empire in the seventh century. 

  • COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts

    This online exhibition presents a selection of the manuscripts displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary exhibition COLOUR: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts (30 July – 30 December 2016). An exhibition of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts is a fitting celebration of the Museum’s bicentenary. The Fitzwilliam preserves the finest and largest museum collection of illuminated manuscripts in existence, and manuscripts were at the heart of the Founder’s collection with which the Museum was established in 1816. Among the treasures which Richard, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion (1745-1816), bequeathed to the University of Cambridge were 130 illuminated manuscripts.