Word & Image: Early Modern Treasures at UCL

  • 15 September - 16 December 2011

This exhibition explores cultural exchange in the period 1450 to 1800. Featuring highlights from UCL’s art and rare book collections, Word and Image delves into themes such as travel, translation and the traffic of objects and ideas. It offers the chance to see an eclectic and unusual combination of items, including a 17th-century volume on the history of Lapland complete with pictures of skis, an illustrated early work of Egyptology, and images of elaborately costumed Jesuits in China. It also provides a rare opportunity to see Albrecht Dürer’s woodcuts from The Apocalypse (1498) next to its precursor The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). The exhibition accompanies the launch conference for the new UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges.

Image: Anonymous, Adam Johann Schall von Bell, c. 1600 ©UCL Art Museum