Prints and Drawings (Room 90), Upper floor

Exhibitions of prints and drawings are changed several times a year because long exposure to light causes works on paper to fade and discolour.

Changing displays

Witches and Wicked Bodies

25 September 2014 – 11 January 2015

From hideous hags to beautiful sorceresses, this exhibition explores the relationship between witches, sorcery and the artistic imagination. Medea and Circe are displayed along with Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters, and the wild, sad creatures of Goya’s Capricci. A few Greek vases and maiolica plates are displayed with this innovative survey of the graphic arts from the Renaissance to 1900.

More about this exhibition 

Richard Earlom, after David Ryckaerts, Mad Meg with Cerberus and demonic creatures, 1786, mezzotint, museum number 1842,0806.209.

Visions of Rome: Lusieri and Labruzzi

Focusing on artistic collaborations between Italian landscapists and wealthy English travellers in Italy in the 18th century, this display celebrates the department’s remarkable new acquisition of a panoramic view of Rome by Giovanni Battista Lusieri (1754-1821).

Panoramic view of Rome, Giovanni Battista Lusieri
Giovanni Battista Lusieri (1754-1821), Panoramic View of Rome, c.1778-1779, pencil, pen and ink with watercolour, museum number 2014,7050.1.

11 December 2014 – 15 February 2015


(Con)textual Readings: Word and Image

Part of the Bridget Riley Art Foundation Project, this exhibition highlights the theme of word and image, examining the interplay between writing and visual images across the breadth of the collection.

Josef Albers, Abstract composition with letter ‘I’
Josef Albers, Abstract composition with letter ‘I’, 1934, linocut, museum number 1991,0615.180.

11 December 2014 – 15 February 2015

Permanent displays

Two works from the department are normally on display in the Museum:

Grayson Perry, 'Map of an Englishman' (detail) 
Michelangelo, Epifania


Other prints and drawings can be seen in the Study Room.