Historical version 37 of Christ Church Picture Gallery (view current version)

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  • Christ Church (Entrance via Oriel Square)
  • OX1 1DP
  • 1 October – 30 April: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 1.00pm & 2pm to 4.30pm, Sunday 2pm to 4.30pm : 1 May – 30 September: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 5pm; Sunday 2pm to 5pm

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 exhibitions are:

'Sacred Faces - Icons in Oxford' (25 August - 22 December). Icons are used in the Eastern Orthodox Church to focus worshippers' prayers. Their form and function have hardly changed over the last fifteen centuries and their spiritual message is retained even in a museum setting. This exhibition will show Greek and Russian icons from the Picture Gallery and the Ashmolean Museum which are normally not on view. Among them are a St George and the Dragon from around 1500 which has just been cleaned and restored to its former splendour and two Ashmolean fragments from a large Last Judgement, which are certainly the most important Russian icons preserved in Oxford. Further works, given to Christ Church in 1980 by C. R. Patterson provide an overview of Russian religious art in the imperial period.

'Henry Aldrich- An Oxford Universal Man' (3 November 2010 - 30 January 2010). Celebrating the tricentenary of the death of Henry Aldrich (1648 - 1710), Dean of Christ Church, architect, collector of music and prints, author of books on logic and architecture and considered 'one of the most eminent men in England'. This exhibition concentrates on Henry Aldrich the collector, looking especially at his collection of prints which includes works by Dürer and Mantegna.

Admission: £3/£2. Free to those who have Bod cards and ArtFund members.

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