Explore artistic creativity through its physical processes in works from the 16th and 17th centuries.

The majority of Old Master drawings are stages in artistic processes, which usually lead to an artwork in a more durable medium. In some rare cases the drawings show marks and traces of these processes. All the drawings on display have such marks and the exhibition explores their meaning, while connecting the artistic creativity with the physicality of the making procedures.

Included in the show are such famous works as Perugino's Head for Joseph of Arimathaea, Domenichino's monumental putto and Vasari's Procession of Pope Leo X, but deliberately also lesser known works, like Simon Vouet's off-sets of a Madonna and an adoring angel and Elisabetta Sirani's Saint Preaching from a Window.

Christ Church Picture Gallery

Christ Church, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1DP

01865 276 172


Opening times

October - May

Mon, Wed- Sat: 10am - 1pm & 2pm - 4:30pm

Sun: 2pm-4:30pm


Mon, Wed - Sat: 10:30am - 5pm

Sun: 2pm - 5pm

July - September:

Mon - Sat: 10:30am - 5pm

Sun: 2pm - 5pm

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