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“A small - but choice - collection”

Christ Church Picture Gallery
Ranked #81 of 177 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Art gallery based at Christ Church College, Oxford University, contains an impressive collection of Old Masters paintings and drawing, with an emphasis on Italian art from the 14th to the 18th century.The internationally renowned drawings collection in the Picture Gallery at Christ Church is regarded as one of the most important private collections of Old Master drawings in the country and includes work by the masters; Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer, Raphael and Rubens. For reasons of conservation the entire drawings collection cannot be permanently on show, but a selection of drawings is always on view. These small in-house exhibitions are changed about every three months to enable the public to see a varied selection from this part of the collection.Please refer to website for opening hours.
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“A small - but choice - collection”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

I never tire of this collection of paintings combined with a changing selection of drawings, all well labelled, lit and displayed. The gallery is small but it is possible to get really close to the exhibits in order to study them and appreciate the fine details.
Access is across cobbles and down a short flight of steps - there are more steps inside, leading up to the display of drawings.
There is a small reception area where one is requested to leave bags before entering the galleries. There is a selection of cards on sale as well as an informative guide to the collection - an excellent souvenir.

Visited May 2012
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“What a lot to see”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

A fabulous collection of Italian paintings outside of London. The drawings are wonderful especially the drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. Give it time rather than rushing through as there are so many paintings to see

Visited November 2011
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Woking, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
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“old and dark but interesting”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

A beautiful new gallery to house a really old and unusual collection. I was stunned to look at these pictures from a historical perspective - to see how our understanding of what the human body looks like and how painting has changed from a symbolic form to a naturalistic one (and perhaps back again). As with all University buildings, free if you've ever been to the University as a student and hardly anything otherwise!

Visited February 2012
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107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“not as much as expected”
Reviewed January 16, 2012

I felt a tad disappointed with ths experience. There was only a small amount of art work on display. I had also hoped that we woud have had greater access to view the college ground etc. The gallery is well equipped and clean and modern.

Visited November 2011
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Well kept secret”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

A really interesting art collection, little known and visited.

Visited January 2012
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