Raphael exhibition set to bring large audience to Oxford’s Ashmolean

June 14, 2017 by  

An exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is showcasing 120 of the finest old master works from Renaissance artist Raphael.

In addition to 50 drawings that belong to the Ashmolean, which is regarded as the world’s most significant collection, curators have managed to borrow works from Florence’s Uffizi, the British Museum, the Royal Collection, and 25 drawings from Vienna’s Albertina.

A private collector in American has allowed ‘Head of a Muse’ to be displayed at the exhibition. The work sold for £30m in 2009, a record sum for an old master drawing.

The director of the museum, Xa Sturgis, said:

“Not since 1983, when an exhibition of drawings from British collections was on display at the British Museum, has such an extraordinary gathering of Raphael drawings been shown to the public.”

Raphael was considered to be a master, even as a teenager. He passed away in 1520 at just 37 years old, burned out from overwork; or as was claimed by art historian cum rumour monger, Giorgio Vasari, tired from too much action in the bedroom.

The museum will certainly be featuring the exhibition on its printed materials, such as postcards and leaflets, to ensure that those residing in, and visiting the area, are aware of the collections on display.

The exhibition started at the beginning of June and will run until 3rd September.