Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

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Christ Church Picture Gallery is an art museum at Christ Church, one of the colleges of Oxford University in England. The gallery holds an important collection of about 300 Old Master paintings and nearly 2,000 drawings. It is one of the most important private collections in the United Kingdom. The greater part of the collection was bequeathed by a former member of the college, General John Guise, arriving after his death in 1765. Further gifts and bequests were made by W. T. H. Fox-Strangways, Walter Savage Landor, Sir Richard Nosworthy & C.R. Patterson (Russian Orthodox metal plaques, many enamelled).The Picture Gallery is especially strong on Italian art from the 14th to 18th centuries. The collection includes paintings by Annibale Carracci, Duccio, Fra Angelico, Hugo van der Goes, Giovanni di Paolo, Filippino Lippi (The Wounded Centaur), Sano di Pietro, Frans Hals, Salvator Rosa, Tintoretto, Anthony van Dyck and Paolo Veronese, and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer and Peter Paul Rubens and a great range of other artists, especially Italians.
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  • May 22, 2017
    Great place. We went to see the animal drawings on display but the whole gallery was lovely. Lady on reception very lovely and enthusiastic. A joy.  more »
  • March 6, 2017
    This is a less well known gallery and entrance was £4 to see a delightful collection of pictures and artefacts bequeathed to the college. There are some important works and some excellent Italian medi...  more »
  • December 30, 2016
    Christ Church Picture Gallery I’m sure the gallery does indeed have the 300 paintings and 2000 drawings it claims on its website. But it’s a very small art museum, as art museums go. They try to warn ...  more »
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  • Had a great little self-guided tour one afternoon. Great to slowly absorb the architecture, and relax in the surrounding gardens afterwards with a walk along the river in the sun. Hard to judge how busy it will be - the queue for tour groups will often be out of the doors, making it at times a little claustrophobic.
  • Very nice place to visit and see Oxford old buildings.
  • Awesome place with superb architecture! Must visit for Harry Potter fans as some of the scenes were shot here!
  • Magnificent college with an outstanding architecture..for Harry Potter fans there this is a must...big linea to get in but the wait and the price are well worth..lots of places for photo opportunities and the place can get crowded at times...beautiful and iconic university...Don't miss it and enjoy it
  • The true HP dining hall. Don't miss a tour with one of the cathedral's custodians. So much more information. Well worth it.

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