Open Archive Day

About Artist: Unknown

From the ancient to the contemporary – whether in a museum, book or auction house – the way we engage with art has revolved around the cult of the individual. But what happens when we don’t know who made something?

Artist: Unknown takes this question as its focus, bringing together for the first time an extraordinary selection of anonymous art and artefacts from the University of Cambridge’s renowned museums and collections.

'Artist: Unknown': Panel Discussion

About Artist: Unknown

From the ancient to the contemporary – whether in a museum, book or auction house – the way we engage with art has revolved around the cult of the individual. But what happens when we don’t know who made something?

Artist: Unknown takes this question as its focus, bringing together for the first time an extraordinary selection of anonymous art and artefacts from the University of Cambridge’s renowned museums and collections.

Audio Described Tour

Join us for an audio described and touch tour of our Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space exhibition.

A specially tailored event for blind and visually impaired audiences and their families. Hear an audio described tour of the exhibition with a trained facilitator, and engage with Jennifer Lee’s materials and processes through handling sample glazes from her studio.

FREE, booking recommended

The celebrated Mr Belzoni: A cultural gift to the Fitzwilliam

This in-focus exhibition is centred on a new acquisition: Jan Adam Kruseman’s posthumous portrait of the celebrated adventurer, Giovanni Battista Belzoni, known as ‘The Great Belzoni’. Painted in 1824, and presented to the Museum in 2018 through the Arts Council’s Cultural Gift Scheme (in honour of ex‐Director, Tim Knox), the portrait will be displayed alongside paintings and watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s wider collections, which reflect the allure of Egypt and Egyptian antiquities to British artists of the 19th century.

Jennifer Lee: A personal selection

This small display brings together objects from the Fitzwilliam’s collection that particularly resonate with the award-winning artist and potter, Jennifer Lee. Her choice includes modern studio ceramics, ancient Chinese bronzes and antiquities from Greece and Rome, with each object accompanied by an explanation of the affinity she feels with it. This display accompanies the larger exhibition of Jennifer’s own work, Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space on display at Kettle’s Yard (9 July-22 September).

Image: Earthenware Bactrian Camel, Chinese, c. 618-907