10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pay what you wish for your exhibition visit

Sometimes seen as an eccentric figure or lone genius, William Blake’s Universe is the first exhibition to explore Blake’s boundless imagination in the context of wider trends and themes in European art including romanticism, mysticism and ideas of spiritual regeneration.

This timely new exhibition brings together the largest-ever display of works by the radical British artist, printmaker and poet from our own collection, alongside artworks by his European contemporaries such as the German romantic painters Philipp Otto Runge and Caspar David Friedrich – many of which have never been displayed publicly in the UK until now.

Though these artists never met or connected in their lifetimes, Blake, Runge and Friedrich shared a strong sense of individuality and an unwavering belief in the power of art to redeem a society in crisis.

Image: Detail of William Blake after Henry Fuseli, ‘Head of a Damned Soul’, c. 1788 – 90 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.

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Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:00

Over the Easter holidays, we'll be closed Good Friday, open 10.00-17.00 Sat 30 March, and open 12.00-17.00 on both Easter Sunday (31 Mar) and Monday (1 Apr).