Following the Government announcement yesterday, museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions. So, with great sadness, we will not be able to reopen as planned on 2 January 2021.
It is only with philanthropic support that the Museum has achieved these remarkable accomplishments. The Museum has recently benefited from such generosity to acquire many amazing objects.
To commemorate its bicentenary year, the Fitzwilliam Museum acquired this dashing portrait by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904) for its permanent collection. One of the great French painters of the nineteenth century, and best known for his carefully finished historical works, Gérôme's virtuosity was recognised internationally. He was made an Honorary R.A. in 1867 and was an influential teacher, training a cosmopolitan array of students.
The Museum is delighted to now have this exquisite masterpiece on display in Gallery 5, where it has been reunited with other significant nineteenthth-century French art.
Our appreciation goes to a number of generous supporters including the Art Fund, the many individual benefactors and various trusts and foundations who made the acquisition of the Portrait of Claude-Armand Gérôme possible: