Must Be Seen in Oxford

Sophie Duncan
2 min readAug 10, 2022

Christchurch College’s Picture Gallery - Oxford, England

Christchurch College’s Picture Gallery

In 1765 former student of Christchurch College, John Guise, donated his vast collection of Renaissance paintings and drawings to his alta mater.

The collection provided an innovative opportunity for students and fellows not wealthy enough to do the ‘Italian tour’, nor well enough ‘connected’ to gain entrance to stately homes, to admire a collection of work by Renaissance masters.

With new donations, the collection has expanded over the centuries.

In 1968, in keeping with the tradition of making original works by great masters more accessible, a purpose-built gallery was opened to the public.

The Christchurch Picture Gallery collection is one of the most important private collections in the world. It has a substantial and impressive permanent display (which includes work by masters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Dürer, Raphael, Tintoretto, Veronese and Carracci), and a programme of about four exhibitions a year allowing more of the collection of more than 2000 drawings to be exhibited.

Closed Tuesdays and Saturdays

Current exhibitions

Drawing by A. Durer, Christchurch Picture Gallery Oxford, Portrait of John Guise by Joshua Reynolds
Sophie Duncan

I write about France, Oxford, dogs, love and more. Sign up for my newsletter today, find Beyond Paris - a Short Guide to Rural France on Amazon