The Drawings

The Ashmolean’s captivating summer show brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of this Renaissance genius.

Aged only 37 when he died, Raphael’s fame in drawing had a transformative effect on European art over centuries. This exciting exhibition focuses on his extraordinary creativity, and shows how exploration and experimentation shaped his breathtakingly accomplished drawings.

The Ashmolean’s unrivalled Raphaels are joined by superb works from the Albertina and loans from other international collections including the Louvre, the Uffizi and Her Majesty the Queen. Drawings include the exquisite Head of a Muse, which broke records when auctioned at Christies in 2009, as well as the sublime Heads and Hands of two Apostles, considered to be the finest drawing Raphael ever made.

Witness the expressive power of Raphael’s drawings and see how they still ‘speak’ to us today, almost 500 years after they were created.

Opening Dates and Times

Exhibition Dates 1 June – 3 September 2017

Extended Openings Due to demand for tickets the exhibition will now be open on the following Mondays*:

  • Monday 7 August
  • Monday 14 August
  • Monday 21 August
The exhibition will also be open until 8pm on the following dates:

  • Friday 25 August
  • Saturday 2 September
  *Please note the rest of the Museum will not be open on these Mondays.

Opening Times 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, and Bank Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to pre-book?

Due to the popularity of this exhibition we strongly recommend you pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment.

When are peak/busy times?

Peak times are weekends and from 3pm onwards on weekdays. If you are planning to visit at a peak time, then advance booking is essential.

What’s the best way to buy tickets?

We recommend you book your tickets online using the links above. Our telephone line can get very busy so we recommend you book online to avoid waiting. You can also buy tickets at the museum, on the day of your visit, if the exhibition has not already sold out for a time slot.

Will I receive tickets in the post?

No, you will receive your tickets attached to a confirmation email shortly after completing your online booking. Please print your tickets and present them at the exhibition entrance, or show them on a mobile phone. Entry cannot be guaranteed if tickets are not presented.

What if I can’t find my booking email?

Please check your spam/junk folders. If you still cannot find your booking email, please email us before your visit so we can help resolve the issue. Our ticketing email address is: onlinetickets@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Is the exhibition accessible?

Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible with handheld labels available.

Who can enter the exhibition for free?

Entry to exhibitions is free for children under 12, Ashmolean Members and University of Oxford students. No tickets need to be purchased in advance for those who are granted free entry. Members must show their membership card at the exhibition entrance, and University of Oxford students must show their student card.

Who can purchase a concession ticket?

University of Oxford staff and alumni, over 65s and those who are unemployed are eligible for concession tickets. All non-Oxford University students, children aged 12–17, and Art Fund Members may purchase half price tickets.

I am a Friend/Member of the Museum, can I bring a guest?

Ashmolean Membership only covers entry for yourself and any other named members if you hold a joint membership. You will need to purchase a ticket for any guests. To avoid queueing at the ticket desk on the day, or long waiting times for telephone bookings, we strongly recommend you book in advance online.

How can I contact the museum?

Please email us at onlinetickets@ashmus.ox.ac.uk before your visit so we can help you with any ticketing issues. Our telephone line can get very busy and we are not always able to respond to messages on the same day.