Colour at the Fitzwilliam

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, The Three Living and the Three Dead, Western France, c.1490-1510. Photograph: Michael Jones/The Fitzwilliam Museum

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, The Three Living and the Three Dead, Western France, c.1490-1510. Photograph: Michael Jones/The Fitzwilliam Museum

So there you are, out for a spot of hunting and general enjoyment, and these killjoys turn up to remind you of the fate which must, in the end, befall you.  No wonder you don’t look too pleased …

This is from one of the illuminated manuscripts on display in the wonderful new Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition, COLOUR: The art and science of illuminated manuscripts (on until the end of year, free entrance). As now usual at the Fitz, this is a quite beautifully mounted show, and many of the manuscripts on show are little less than astounding. There is a five star review in the Guardian, with links to more illustrations, so I need say no more here. You can also explore further on the museum’s website. We’ll certainly be back. And it is quite definitely worth a trip to Cambridge.

(Tip for non-Cambridge people. Come on a sunny day, as the exhibition should be quieter, with fewer tourists tempted to shelter from the rain.)

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