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Oxford Colleges and Museums:

Loans in North America

Pieces from the vast collections of Oxford Colleges, Libraries and Museums are often loaned to museums around the world. Here are some pieces you can see in North America. Please note that some loans are subject to change without notice, and that our office attempts to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.

WA1979.17 Louis Hayet, Colour Wheel, 1887. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Seurat's Circus Sideshow

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
17 February 2017 through 29 May 2017

Taking as its focus one of The Met's most captivating masterpieces, this thematic exhibition will afford a unique context for appreciating the heritage and allure of Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), painted in 1887–88 by Georges Seurat (1859–1891). Anchored by a remarkable group of related works by Seurat that will fully illuminate the lineage of the motif in his inimitable conté crayon drawings, the presentation will explore the fascination the sideshow subject held for other artists in the nineteenth century, ranging from the great caricaturist Honoré Daumier at mid-century to the young Pablo Picasso at the fin de siècle.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum, Louis Hayet's Colour Wheel (pictured above), is on display in this exhibition.

AN1924.3 Attributed to the Berlin Painter, Athenian red-figure amphora (storage jar); Zeus and the winged goddess of victory Nike pour a libation on a flaming alter, 525 – 475 BC. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

The Berlin Painter and His World:
Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century BC

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
4 March 2017 through 11 June 2017

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
7 July 2017 through 1 October 2017


The Berlin Painter was the name given by Sir John Davidson Beazley (1885-1970) to an otherwise anonymous Athenian vase-painter, active in the first quarter of the fifth century B.C., whose hand he recognized in nearly 300 complete and fragmentary vases in public and private collections around the world. Since Beazley’s first published identification of the Berlin Painter in 1911, the oeuvre of this still-anonymous Athenian draughtsman has grown to nearly 500 works, and esteem for his elegant, approachable style has never lessened.

Three objects from the Ashmolean are on display in this exhibition, including the amphora pictured above.





WA1863.1480 attributed to Jusepe Ribera, Head of a Man. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.


Between Heaven and Hell:
The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera


Meadows Museum, Dallas, TX
12 March 2017 through 11 June 2017

Coinciding with the publication of the first catalogue raisonné of drawings by Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), the Meadows Museum, in collaboration with the Museo del Prado, presents an exhibition of about fifty drawings (out of a total of some 160 sheets attributable to the artist), ten paintings, and a small selection of prints. The exhibition will highlight the variety of Ribera’s drawings, the technical skill in his use of pen and ink and chalk, and the extraordinary originality of his subject matter, which includes anatomical figure studies, lively street scenes, capricious subjects, and scenes of martyrdom and torture.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition, Head of a Man, attributed to Jusepe Ribera and shown above.


WA1927.1 Francesco Guardi, A Night Procession in the Piazza San Marco, c. 1755. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.


Eyewitness Views: Making History


The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
9 May 2017 through 30 July 2017

From Paris to Madrid and Vienna to London, from the Doge's Palace to St. Peter’s Square, Europe’s most iconic cities and monuments have played host to magnificent ceremonies. During the golden age of view painting in the eighteenth century, princes, popes, and ambassadors commissioned artists such as Canaletto and Panini to record memorable moments ranging from the Venetian carnival to an eruption of Vesuvius. This first-ever exhibition focusing on views of historic events includes more than fifty spectacular paintings—many never seen before in America—from an international array of lenders. Turning the beholder into an eyewitness on the scene, these works bring the spectacle and drama of the past to life.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition, Franceso Guardi's A Night Procession in the Piazza San Marco, shown above.

This entire exhibition is also planned to travel to the Minneapolis Institute of Art later in 2017, followed by The Cleveland Museum of Art in 2018.


Guyart Desmoulins, Bible historiale complétée, vol. I [France, Tours, early 16th century] Written and illuminated on parchment, each leaf c. 385 × 270 mm Call-number: MS 385


500 Years of Treasures from Oxford


Center for Jewish History, New York City
14 May 2017 through 6 August 2017


After a successful run at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford travels up the Eastern Seaboard to New York City. This exhibition pulls from Corpus Christi College's extensive library, highlighting Corpus' then revolutionary study of Scripture in in its original languages and, through dazzling illuminated texts, the early origins of English and French, Italian Rennaisance works, and explorations of the natural world (including contemporary sketches of Galileo's observations of the moon's surface, and a letter by Newton about the orbits of comets).

The Center for Jewish History is also several lectures and gallery talks around this exhibiton, which promise to be invigorating and engaging.

The exhibition contains fifty pieces, including The Oglethorpe Bible, pictured above. The French summary of biblical history is so named because it was bequeathed by James Oglethorpe, perhaps best known in the United States as the founder of the American colony of Georgia.




Professor Louise Richardson with the North American Office team