Breaking the Renaissance Code: Emblems and Emblem Books

Hunterian Art Gallery

25 June – 4 October 2011

Free to all


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Author Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has undoubtedly re-ignited popular interest in emblematic culture.

Albrecht DĂĽrer, ‘Melancholia’, 1514

Author Dan Brown's best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code has undoubtedly re-ignited popular interest in emblematic culture. Developed in the 1500s, emblems, or more specifically emblem books, were fashionable and socially influential objects within literature and the arts. This summer the University of Glasgow's Hunterian Art Gallery will be showcasing its renowned collection of emblem books to chart their historical impact and to illustrate their contemporary significance.

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Hunterian Art Gallery

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