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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.

•	WA1962.17.77 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford


Great British Drawings from the Ashmolean Museum


Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
1 July 2017 through 17 September 2017


Selected entirely from the holdings of the world’s oldest university museum and heralded as “A treasure chest of gorgeous surprises” by The Times of London, this exhibition provides a rich and deeply varied survey of the drawing tradition in Britain. Great British Drawings showcases over 100 works by some of Britain’s greatest artists from Thomas Gainsborough and J. M. W. Turner to Dante Gabriel Rossetti and David Hockney.


The exhibition has been organized by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, in association with the Princeton University Art Museum. It was displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in 2015 and includes Dante Gabriel Rosetti's Elizabeth Siddal, shown above.


Carousel images: WA1897.33 Samuel Cooper, Thomas Alcock. Image © Ashmolean Museum, Univerity of Oxford
WA1938.110 Jonathan Richardson, Portrait of Dr Richard Mead. Image © Ashmolean Museum, Univerity of Oxford
WA.OA252 Charles Grignion II, Recto: Tan-Che-Qua, 'Chitqua', RA, Chinese Artist. Image © Ashmolean Museum, Univerity of Oxford


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


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



This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown, including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other extraordinary artists of the period. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Musée du Louvre. The painted subjects range from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic.


The exhibition contains three pieces from the Ashmolean's collection, including the amphora pictured 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

Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
10 September though 31 December 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.



WA1846.61 Michelangelo Buonarroti, Ideal Head, c. 1520. Image © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.


Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
13 November 2017 through 12 February 2018


Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564), a towering genius in the history of Western art, will be the subject of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. During his long life, Michelangelo was celebrated for the excellence of his disegno, the power of drawing and invention that provided the foundation for all the arts. For his mastery of drawing, design, sculpture, painting, and architecture, he was called Il Divino ("the divine one") by his contemporaries. His powerful imagery and dazzling technical virtuosity transported viewers and imbued all of his works with a staggering force that continues to enthrall us today.


This exhibition will present a stunning range and number of works by the artist: approximately 150 of his drawings, three of his marble sculptures, his earliest painting, his wood architectural model for a chapel vault, as well as a substantial body of complementary works by other artists for comparison and context. Among the extraordinary international loans are the complete series of masterpiece drawings he created for his friend Tommaso de' Cavalieri and a monumental cartoon for his last fresco in the Vatican Palace. Selected from 54 public and private collections in the United States and Europe, the exhibition will examine Michelangelo's rich legacy as a supreme draftsman and designer.




Twenty-six drawings by Michelangelo from the Ashmolean Print Room (including Ideal Head, c. 1520, pictured above), plus one painting from Campion Hall (attributed to Venusti) will be included in this breathtaking exhibition.

Professor Louise Richardson with the North American Office team