Temptations to Devotion (2013)

Attributed to Ligozzi: The Body of Christ

Creating the Italian Altarpiece in the Renaissance and Baroque

(Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford, until 14 October 2013)

Since I was in Oxford to see the Ashmolean exhibition, I took the opportunity to pop in to see the current display at Christ Church Picture Gallery. I’m very fond of the gallery because, despite their limited resources, they make a real effort to keep the College’s drawings accessible through a frequently changing programme of displays. The collection isn’t digitised (which is something it would be great to change, if any Oxford students are looking for a bit of volunteering for their CV?), and James Byam Shaw’s famous catalogue doesn’t illustrate all the sheets, so these displays are the only practical way to see the lesser-known drawings.

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