Two Apostles by Raphael

The Ashmolean Museum, located in the University of Oxford, has revealed its programme of exhibitions for 2017, and subjects will include Modernism and religious art.

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, will open the exhibition programme and run from 10th February until 7th May.

The temporary displays will tell the story of the rise of Modernism from the 1800s to the middle of the 20th century, in France and particularly Paris.

Groups visiting the exhibition will discover the artists who created Modernism and how they did it. Displays will plot a course from the Romantic artists (David, Gericault and Delacroix) to the experiments of Picasso, Braque and Léger.

The Ashmolean’s summer exhibition will be Raphael the Drawings, which is confirmed to run from 1st June until 3rd September and will display over 100 works by the famous Italian painter.

The selection of works will encompass the artist’s entire profession from his early years in Umbria to the period when he was at the height of his career in Florence and Rome.

Raphael the Drawings will include major projects such as the Vatican frescoes, alongside sketched ideas and full compositions.

The Ashmolean exhibition programme will conclude with Art & the Rise of World Religions, which will run from 19th October until 18th February 2018.

Exploring Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, this is said to be the first exhibition to look at the art of the five world religions which spread across continents in the first millennium AD.

Groups visiting will see objects created when the iconography of each religion was still being developed, such as images of a young Jesus Christ and representations of the Buddha.

More about the Ashmolean Museum

Alongside the temporary displays at the Ashmolean are permanent historic collections of art and archaeology, ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art.

The Ashmolean Museum is free to enter.

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Pictured: Two Apostles by Raphael. (Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford).