Illumination – How the visual captures the imagination

28 Sept – 12 Dec 2015
Admission: Free
Location: Senate House Library

How do ideas transform from the intellect and imagination into the physical world?

This exhibition explores how early printed books and objects used the image to generate new visual forms. As the new optics and scientific instruments transcended the limits of the naked eye, artists used these tools to manifest their ideas, transforming our perception from reader to spectator, and providing an understanding of visual culture.


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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