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1 October – 23 December
En Brunaille - Painted Drawings
This exhibition will show a group of painted sketches from Christ Church’s collection painted in a hue of brown tones, hence the technical term en brunaille (in brown). The works, by painters such as Anthony van Dyck and Frans Floris, can be regarded as standing between the initial sketched idea and the finished painting. They were often used to present the proposal to the client.

1 October – 23 December
Clouet to Claude – French Master drawings
While the Ashmolean is celebrating the inventor of landscape painting, Claude Lorrain, in a solo exhibition this autumn Christ Church will give a broader overview on French draughtsmanship by showcasing its collection of French drawings. This exhibition will allow the viewer to celebrate the singular elegance and spirit of this original artistic school.

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.


'An Artist looks at Old Masters' until 18 September 2011. The artist Jeff Clarke selects over 30 Old Master drawings from Christ Church's own collection to explore the principles of draughtsmanship which cut across centuries; the exhibition includes works by artists like Correggio, Carracci, Dürer and Pisanello.

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

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