Historical version 125 of Christ Church Picture Gallery (view current version)

  • 276172
  • Christ Church (Entrance via Oriel Square)
  • OX1 1DP
  • Open all year: June (closed Tues) Mon, Wed - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm Sun: 2 - 5pm; July - September (//open every day) Mon - Sat: 10.30am - 5pm (for Winter hours refer to website)

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.

Admission: 4/2. Free to members of the University and Art Fund members.

CURRENT Exhibitions:

'Undisputed Masterpieces: General John Guise's Swans - Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian'

Exhibition runs through 5 October 2015

In 1765 General John Guise, a soldier and art collector, died. His wife and son had pre-deceased him and so he decided to leave his art collection to his former Oxford college, Christ Church. This extraordinary bequest is now celebrating its 250th anniversary. While the whole Picture Gallery is testimony to his benefaction, this exhibition wants to draw renewed attention to his collection of drawings. They include some of the most important Old Master drawings in this country, with sheets by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Bellini, Titian and many more.

'250 Reasons for 250 Years'

Exhibition runs through 12 October 2015

2015 marks 250 years since General John Guise bequeathed his collection of over 200 paintings and almost 2000 drawings to Christ Church. In addition to our exhibition Undisputed Masterpieces (3 June - 5 October 2015), we are celebrating the anniversary in an exciting collaborative format: an installation of 250 cards displayed in the Picture Gallery.

Blank cards were sent to members of the Christ Church community -- to artists, scholars, students, and others -- with the request that they write down their thoughts about why art matters, why we should celebrate art benefactors like Guise, and why those who preserve, research, present, and create art still matter today.

We have begun installing these cards in the Picture Gallery, one for each year since the Guise bequest.

Join in this project and have your thoughts displayed in the Picture Gallery! Call or email the gallery (01865 276172 or picturegallery@chch.ox.ac.uk) and we will send you a blank postcard to fill in and return to us. You can also drop by the Picture Gallery during open hours to pick up a card.

FORTHCOMING Exhibitions:

15 October 2015 - 25 January 2016 'A View of Venice'

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