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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venues and exhibitions are closed until further notice. We recommend checking with the venues' own websites for up-to-date information. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford was established in 1683 and is the oldest museum in the United Kingdom. It houses the University of Oxford’s collections of art and antiquities. The Museum was enhanced by a 2009 redevelopment project, which saw the collections expand into 39 new galleries. The holdings have the character of a ‘collection of collections’, an accumulation of sometimes highly specialised private collections. The Ashmolean’s collections, which continue to grow by gift, bequest, and purchase, feature over 1,500 oil paintings. Among the most celebrated treasures of paintings are those from the Italian Renaissance, works by members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and by the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. Notable works spanning 600 years of fine art include, ‘The Hunt in the Forest’, by Paolo Uccello, ‘Landscape with Ascanius shooting the Stag of Sylvia’ by Claude Lorrain, ‘A young Woman with a Macaw’ by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and ‘Cows at Cookham’ by Stanley Spencer.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

01865 278000

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  • 17 June 2021

    This tablet is small but packs a lot of punch. In less than 12 centimetres are the details of a whole herd of sheep, including the name of the shepherd, Anthemos or Artemos, as well as where the flock was kept and how many male and female sheep it contained.