Works on paper fade quickly when exposed to light and are extremely fragile, making it impossible to keep them on permanent display.
The Ashmolean’s Print Room offers access to beautiful and significant drawings, watercolours and prints by a wide range of artists from the fifteenth century to the present day including Michelangelo, Rubens, Ruskin and Degas, among others.
The Ashmolean's extraordinary collection contains around 25,000 drawings and over 250,000 prints.
The Print Room exists to enable access to our collection for both study and enjoyment. We’re open to everyone with an interest in works of art on paper, whether students, researchers, artists or members of the general public.
Michelangelo and Raphael’s drawings are some of the most popular works in the collection. They are also very fragile, so in order to preserve these works for future generations, we ask that you book well in advance in writing.
DURING YOUR VISIT
To access the Print Room, talk to our staff at the Museum's Information Desk on the Ground Floor. They will arrange your visit and show you how to find us.
When visiting the Print Room
all bags must be left in our lockers
please only use pencils (not propelling pencils) to make notes
no food, drink or chewing gum is allowed
There is no lift access to the Print Room, but we can make items from the collection available to you if you have difficulty with stairs. Please let us know in advance if you would like to arrange this.
Do you have a work of art on which you’d like an expert opinion? Our curatorial staff are available for comment.
Please contact us in advance, ideally by e-mail, sending images of the work.
We cannot comment on valuation or accept liability for any opinion expressed.
HOW TO CONTACT US
Western Art Print Room