Nasty, Brutish, and Short
On our second day in Cambridge we went to the Fitzwilliam Museum in the afternoon. This was one of my favorite museums because not only was the contents beautiful, but the building and interior itself were breathtakingly beautiful. Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion donated his collections, of both art and books, to the University of Cambridge in 1816, hoping to help further learning. His collection included almost 150 pictures, 500 folio albums with engravings, 130 medieval manuscripts, and autograph music by Handel and Purcell (as well as other composers).
The building was actually designed to resemble a private house, and the curators have organized it and display the artwork in a way similar to how pieces would have been showcased in a private home. George Basevi designed the Founder’s Building, which was completed by C R Cockerell, and opened to public viewing in 1848. The museum’s collection has grown since then through gifts, purchases, etc.
We saw beautiful pieces representing Christian religion, an alabaster piece from northern Iraq portraying King Ashurnasirpall II, impressionist paintings by Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Signac, Eugene Boudin, and Vincent van Goph, and many many more paintings and sculptures.
Reporter: Onnie Middendorf
Photographer: Hannah Fereshtehkhou