The Ashmolean Museum

statuette-figurine-l-age-d-airain-de-rodin-18Recently, I got an opportunity to visit the Ashmolean. Based in Oxford, and founded in 1683, The Ashmolean holds Oxford University’s art and archaeology collections. It is also Britain’s oldest public museum, and houses the biggest collection of Raphael drawings.

The Ashmolean has always held a place in my heart as it’s on of the first museums I visited as a teenager, when my interest in art was beginning to influence thoughts of the future. I remember staring at Rodin’s L’Age d’Airain and marvelling at how incredible the detail and texture of the bronze appeared. Years and years later, it’s still one of my favourite works.

If you haven’t ever visited the Ashmolean, I’d definitely recommend it. Here’s a selection of beauties to help you plan your visit!


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The Chestnut Tree
Robert Polhill Bevan


Still Life of Flowers and Vegetables
Giovanni Battista Ruoppolo (1629–1693)

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Study of a nude Man
Annibale Carracci

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Still Life: Malmaison Roses
Henri Fantin-Latour

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A Lion’s Profile, from life
John Ruskin

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Bathers in the Sun
Konstantin Andreevich Somov

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Sir Arthur Evans among the Ruins of the Palace of Knossos
Sir William Blake Richmond

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Queen’s Grove, St John’s Wood
Robert Polhill Bevan

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