Historical version 12 of Christ Church Picture Gallery
- Christ Church (Entrance via Oriel Square)
- OX1 1DP
- 1 May – 30 September: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm; Sunday 2pm to 5pm. 1 October – 30 April: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 1.00pm & 2pm to 4.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm
[Please note the Gallery will be closed Wednesday 29 July 09 due to necessary maintenance]
Christ Church is unique among the Oxford and Cambridge colleges in possessing an important collection of Old Master paintings and drawings, housed in a purpose-built Gallery of considerable architectural interest in itself.
The collection consists of some 300 paintings and almost 2000 drawings and is strongest in Italian art from the 14th to the 18th century.
The internationally renowned drawings collection in the Picture Gallery at Christ Church is regarded as one of the most important private collections of Old Master drawings in the country. These small in-house exhibitions are changed about every three months to enable the public to see a varied selection from this part of the collection.
The current exhibition is: The Stylish Style - Between Renaissance and Baroque, 12th June – 4th October 2009. Christ Church’s collection contains a large number of drawings from the mid-sixteenth century. The importance of that period in art was only fully recognised in the twentieth century and with this recognition the treasures of Christ Church became focal points in the study of the era. Jacopo Pontormo’s preparatory drawing for his Lamentation in the church of Santa Felicita in Florence is probably the most famous example of this kind. More than thirty drawings will be on display in this exhibition by artists such as Vasari, Salviati, Allori, Pontormo and many more
Admission: £3/£2. Free to those who have Bod cards.