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The University Engagement Programme at the Ashmolean Museum, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, was established in 2012 to explore ways of using the museum's collections in the teaching of the university, beyond its core disciplines of Art History, Classics and Archaeology. Over the course of its first year the Programme has begun to work with the Medical School in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training in cardiology, neurology and psychiatry.

Age and ageing in art for psychiatrists
Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait, probably of Harman Gerrits van Rijn (1565-1630), black chalk and red chalk, brown wash on paper, 1630, 18.9 x 24 cm; Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

In July and October, groups of psychiatry consultants and trainees visited the Ashmolean to consider questions raised by the depiction of emotions such as grief and anger in paintings, drawings and prints.  The session was held in a Museum study room, with discussion springing from a direct encounter with artworks by, among others, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Filippino Lippi.

This autumn, a sessions for psychiatry specialists will be held at the Ashmolean

"Age and Aging in Art" on Wednesday November 27th, 2-4 p.m..  If you are interested in taking part, please contact Charlotte Allan. Numbers are limited, so do book your place as soon as possible.