The Fitzwilliam Museum is holding two exhibitions from August to January 2012, which we thought would be of interest to our members.
Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna
A unique selection of beautifully crafted jewellery, vessels and other objects made from gems, precious metals and stones will be coming to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the renowned 'Kunstkammer' collection of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. This is the first time that audiences in Britain will be able to view these extraordinary objects.
Giving a rare glimpse into the opulent world of the Hapsburg emperors, the exhibition's focus is upon artworks from the Late Renaissance and Mannerist period.
Vermeer’s Women: Secrets and Silence
Celebrating the eerie calm of Vermeer's carefully-crafted images of young women in domestic interiors, Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence will be the first exhibition of its kind to focus exclusively on the mysterious and enigmatic world created by Vermeer in some of the best loved and most characteristic works from his later career. The exhibition will also trace the impact of his unique compositions on contemporary masters of Dutch genre painting, including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Nicolaes Maes and Jan Steen.
Images and text reproduced by kind permission of Fitzwilliam Museum Education Department.
Entry is Free. If you would like to come along, meet at the Courtyard Entrance at 2pm, so that we can enter as a group. Drinks and food in local pub afterwards.