The Ashmolean Museum

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.


Beyond the Nile:
Egypt and the Classical World

Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
27 March through 9 September 2018

Egypt, the most ancient of the Mediterranean civilizations, held a great fascination for the Greeks and Romans. This major international loan exhibition explores the artistic interplay between these cultures from the Bronze Age to Roman times. The installation includes royal Egyptian stone vessels sent to Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece, Archaic Greek pottery and sculpture inspired by Egyptian models, portraits in Egyptian and Greek style created during Greek rule in Egypt, and religious images and luxury goods made for Roman patrons in Italy.

Twenty objects from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World

Harvard Art Museum
7 September 2018 through 6 January 2019

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
17 February through 19 May 2019

This exhibition, which utilizes works of art as the springboard for discussions about social practices spanning millennia and cultures, will bring together for the first time a selection of more than 60 elaborate vessels of animal shape as well as ancient and modern representations of feasts in the form of paintings and reliefs from around the world. The exhibition and related programming will re-create the rich world of ideas that found expression at ancient feasts, underscoring the importance of feasting as a social activity, as a venue of cross-cultural exchange, and as a driving force of artistic creativity. With a focus on animal imagery, the exhibition will present a wide range of ancient attitudes toward animals and will enhance visitors’ understanding of past and present human/animal relations. The exhibition will also promote “object literacy” by drawing attention to the three-dimensional nature of tangible things and the information that may be imbedded in their material, shape, and decoration.

Five objects from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


The Fabric of India (Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition)

The Cincinnati Museum, Cincinnati, OH
12 October 2018 through 6 January 2019

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL
7 July through 13 October 2019

The Fabric of India is the first major exhibition to explore the rich and fascinating world of handmade textiles from India. The V&A has gathered together some of the finest and most fascinating textiles across the world to illustrate the processes, history, and politics associated with these incredible objects.

The journey from idea to exhibition is long, and often challenging, but also incredibly exciting. It requires the commitment and enthusiasm of many people: from curators, coordinators and conservators to designers and digital editors. The V&A blog, linked above, brings together stories from across the exhibition team to track the highs (and lows) of the exhibition research and making process. They will also be inviting team members and guest contributors to share their thoughts on what fascinates and inspires them about Indian textiles.

Two objects from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


Gainsborough's Family Album

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
23 February through 5 June 2019

Featuring over fifty works from public and private collections across the world, Gainsborough’s Family Album will provide a unique insight into the private life and motivations of Thomas Gainsborough (1727–88), one of Britain’s greatest artists. The exhibition includes a number of works that have never been on public display in the UK and will bring together for the first time all twelve surviving portraits of Thomas Gainsborough’s daughters.

Gainsborough’s Family Album charts Gainsborough’s career from youth to maturity, telling the story of an eighteenth-century provincial artist’s rise to metropolitan fame and fortune. The exhibition will both offer a new perspective on Gainsborough the portraitist and challenge our thinking about his era and its relationship to our own.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 

The North American Office team