Illumination – How the visual captures the imagination

28 Sept – 19 Dec 2015
Admission: Free
Location: Senate House Library

Our main exhibition explores how technological developments — from the earliest printed books, sketches and objects — generated new visual forms for artists. And drawing inspiration from universal themes of the natural and the divine, artists then transformed people’s perceptions of art. This helped to develop our understanding of visual culture, allowing us to see the visual as we have never seen it before.

Read more information about the exhibition, lectures and events, and download posters.

Image from Rene Descartes Tractatus De Homine, 1668

from René Descartes Tractatus De Homine et De Formatione Foetus (1668)

Albert Gallatin and the Early American Republic, 1781 – 1842

1 Oct – 27 November
Admission: Free
Location: Senate House Library

This exhibition celebrates the recent discovery of part of Albert Gallatin’s library in the collections of the Institute of Historical Research. Senate House Library and the IHR are proud to showcase items from their collections relating to Albert Gallatin and the history of the early American Republic.

Visiting an exhibition

All our exhibitions are free and open to the general public. The exhibition space is located inside the Library. If you are not a member, please visit the Membership desk, 4th floor, Senate House. Lift access is available from the ground floor. Visiting us, and opening hours.

Previous exhibitions

Learn more about the previous exhibitions held at Senate House Library, from Charles Dickens and Popular Culture, and Reading the Bible, to Senate House Library Treasures.

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