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UCL Art Museum's "Word & Image: Early Modern Treasures at UCL"

7 September 2011

Dates: 15 September - 16 December 2011, Monday - Friday, 1pm-5pm, Location: UCL Art Museum, South Cloisters, UCL, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT.

Durer's woodcut from The Apocalypse

UCL Art Museum will display a variety of rare and impressive treasures from its collections for 'Word & Image', a free exhibition exploring intercultural exchange in the early modern period (c.1450-1800).

The exhibition will take a fresh look at themes including travel, translation, and the traffic of goods and ideas.

Word & Image provides a unique chance to see Albrecht Dürer's original woodcuts from The Apocalypse (1498) next to its precusor The Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). Other highlights include extraordinary prints of Jesuit missionaries in China wearing local dress, icons of the Grand Tour such as the Apollo Belvedere and Laocoon, a 17th-century history of Lapland complete with pictures of skiers, and an early work of Egyptology. Early dictionaries will also be on display, along with important travel narratives and translations.

The display is curated in association with the UCL Centre for Early Modern Exchanges and complements the Centre's launch conference (15 - 17 September 2011, for more info see: www.ucl.ac.uk/eme).


Media contact: Dave Weston

Image: 'St John swallowing the book', from Albrecht Durer's The Apocalypse (Copyright UCL Art Museum).