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Author: C.H. Lloyd
ISBN: 090009074X
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Publisher Ashmolean Museum (1980)
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by C.H. Lloyd


Half a million years of art and history.

Half a million years of art and history. Fortnum’s bequests still form the basis of the Ashmolean’s collections of sculpture and decorative arts of the Renaissance, an era which saw an increasing desire among the richer classes for tasteful possessions in their houses and a growing interest in classical subject matter. The extensive maiolica collection depicts much classical subject matter. It also includes the unusual plate by Francesco Urbini decorated with a composite head made up of penises. Bronze sculptures by the renowned Renaissance artists Riccio and Giambologna are also on display.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (/æʃˈmoʊliən/, /ˌæʃməˈliːən/) on Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, is the world's first university museum

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology (/æʃˈmoʊliən/, /ˌæʃməˈliːən/) on Beaumont Street, Oxford, England, is the world's first university museum. Its first building was erected in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. The present building was erected 1841–1845. The museum reopened in 2009 after a major redevelopment. In November 2011, new galleries focusing on Egypt and Nubia were unveiled

Half a million years of art and history. The central cases contain some fine examples of Renaissance bronzes, carvings and ivory work

Half a million years of art and history. Renaissance means rebirth and is the term used to describe the renewed interest in the art, architecture and literature of antiquity that took place in Europe from the 1400s to the late 1500s. This gallery concentrates on the work of artists in Italy where Florence, Venice and Rome were key centres of artistic production and innovation. The central cases contain some fine examples of Renaissance bronzes, carvings and ivory work.

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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, United Kingdom. This jar with etchings of an elephant, fish and a bird is from 3500–3000 BC Nubia, now Sudan. It was found in a grave in an excavation site in Faras.

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Media captionOxford's Ashmolean Museum has received a donation of silver treasures from Michael Wellby

Media captionOxford's Ashmolean Museum has received a donation of silver treasures from Michael Wellby. Much of the collection was assembled in the 1940s from German sources, and Professor Wilson conceded some of the pieces may later transpire to have been looted by the Nazis.

bequest to the Ashmolean formed the nucleus of what is one of the finest collections of Renaissance bronzes in Europe.

Published in association with the Daniel Katz Gallery, London, to mark the centenary of the death of one of the Museum's major benefactors, C D E Fortnum, whose bequest to the Ashmolean formed the nucleus of what is one of the finest collections of Renaissance bronzes in Europe.

Collections of the Ashmolean Museum. Collections of Renaissance art by museum. Download as PDF. Printable version.