Ashmolean Museum | Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a famous museum in Oxford with outstanding collections of art, archaeology and musical instruments.
The current museum was established in 1908, after the joining of the University Art Collection and the “Old Ashmolean Museum”, created in the early 17th century by the wealthy collector Elias Ashmole as the first public museum in Britain.
The museum, housed in a recently renovated 19th century neoclassic building, reflects such polymorphic origin and the multiform interests typical of the collectors of the 17th and 18th century and thus presents a quite diverse set of collections.
The art collections includes works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Paolo Uccello, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Turner, Pissarro, Cézanne and Picasso, among many others.
The archaeological collections include artifacts from the Ancient Egypt, the Babylonian Empire, Ancient Greece and Rome, but also objects unearthed in Britain dating from the Bronze age onward. The museum also houses a magnificent collection of musical instruments, including some exceptional violins by Antonio Stradivari, as well as relevant Chinese and Islamic art sections.
The Ashmolean museum also organizes temporary exhibitions, learning programs and special events. At the museum, a restaurant, a café and a museum shop are also available to the public.
Review by Riccardo Bianchini, Inexhibit
Photos: cover by aehdeschaine, 1 by Tim Regan, 2 by Adrian Scottow
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