A grand day out: the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Course Dates: 01/11/19
Time: 11:30 - 16:30
Location: OS - Off Site

Explore different aspects of the permanent collection of paintings, antiquities and decorative arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on this one-day, location-based course.


What is the course about?

This course provides an introduction to the wide range of artworks within the collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The Fitzwilliam’s collection of paintings comprises nearly 1700 works, ranging from the 13th to the 21st century. There is an emphasis on Venetian painting, with masterpieces by Titian, Veronese, and Canaletto; a range of works by French Impressionist painters as well as earlier French paintings by Poussin, Delacroix, Géricault and Courbet. Of particular interest are works by late-19th and 20th-century British and French artists, with outstanding groups of paintings by Vuillard, Bonnard, Sickert, Augustus John, Stanley Spencer and Matisse.
The Fitzwilliam Museum’s collection includes everything from armour to sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and Egyptian antiquities. A one-day introduction cannot cover its broad-ranging collection but we will touch on highlights from the sculpture and ceramics collection.
The course will explore specific works from various period and galleries to give an overview of the depth and breadth of the collection.
Please Note - as we are not guaranteed access to the museum (school groups take precedence) please do not book any train tickets until this course is CONFIRMED by your tutor.

What will we cover?

• An overview of the history the Fitzwilliam Museum
• Key paintings in the Venetian, Renaissance and Modern galleries
• An overview of the sculpture, ceramics and antiquities collection.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Describe the history of the Fitzwilliam Museum collection
• List the key collections held by the museum and describe at least one artwork in each.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be taught with a mixture of guided gallery visits and group discussion. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Students will need to organise travel to Cambridge independently, as these costs are not included.
You may wish to bring a notebook. Gallery entry is free.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You might also be interested in:
VB805 - A grand day out: Ashmolean and Christchurch Picture Gallery.

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Julia Musgrave Tutor Website

Julia Musgrave got her first degree in Chemical Engineering and went on become a Chartered Information Systems Engineer and IT project manager. In 2008 she decided that life was too short for just one career and decided to become an art historian. She has a Graduate Diploma in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and an MLitt in ‘Art, Style and Design: Renaissance to Modernism, c.1450 – c.1930’ from the University of Glasgow. She is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University of York where she is researching the development of the Contemporary Art Society from 1910 to 1937. She is Art History course co-ordinator at Build, Co-Director of the London Art Salon and an accredited Arts Society lecturer.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VB803

Fri, day, 01 Nov - 01 Nov '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £55.00
Concession: £42.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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