Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

3.9
#9 of 13 in Museums in Oxford
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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  • Tiny, hidden place, through “back door” to Christ Church. Innocuous door and steps down into a crypt and all of s sudden you are walking with Titian, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Only two or three rooms ...  more »
  • Visited las month with friends. Its an amazing hidden gem with beautiful pieces and a simple layout. Would recommend for anyone who is visiting Oxford.  more »
  • If you stop in Oxford on your travels around the United Kingdom, don't miss visiting this wonderful collection of paintings of all ages and nations. The atmosphere is intimate but thrilling, the colle...  more »
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  • Interesting, very heavy on the religious art. I prefer art that shows real people and glimpses of life contemporary to the artist. But it was good to be able to wander at leisure without having to duck and weave around others to see the artwork.
  • Rather limited in great art.
  • Nice collections of old art..
  • Get in at half price if you got a ticket for Christ Church Campus. Not a must see gallery though.
  • A small, but fascinating gallery in the beautiful grounds of Christ Church College, Oxford. Housed in a purpose built gallery designed in the 60s, the collection boasts a number of Renaissance and earlier paintings (a collection of c.600 year old egg tempera works is quite something to behold), but the gem of the gallery are the collection of drawings by such luminaries as Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael. It is these last that justify the modest £4.00 entry fee for a non-member adult. Knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions regarding the collection and building, while the small shop offers a selection of books, cards and such detailing some of the artwork on display in the gallery.
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