You Are What You Wear: Dress and Costume in Renaissance and Baroque drawings from Christ Church

Christ Church Picture Gallery

15 February – 4 June 2012

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This exhibition offers a route into the Gallery's rich collection of drawings through a greater understanding of the dress and costume on display.

Guido Canlassi, II Cagnacci, A Young Man in Armour

Signifiers of wealth, profession and intent that would have been readily understood by punters in the Renaissance " the choice of fabric, costume, jewellery, accessories etc " are less well understood today, and a little de-mystification goes a long way.The 34 drawings in this show are complemented by the depictions of costume in the Gallery's permanent collection, with intriguing examples by Frans Hals, John Riley and Ludovico Carracci.

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Mon, Wed–Sat, 10.30am–1pm, 2pm–4.30pm,

Sun 2pm–4.30pm.


Mon, Wed–Sat, 10.30am–5pm

Sun 2–5pm


Mon–Sat, 10.30am–5pm

Sun 2pm–5pm

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